“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.”JRR Tolkein
We have been passionate about the environment for years. It led us to build our Eco home in 2008. It was pioneering in its use of passive solar in the UK at the time. Something we are pleased to say is becoming better understood today.
We have taken this same concern into our development of every aspect of the farm. In our post Why a Forest Garden we share something of our devotion for planting trees and how they are critical to the planet. We have since owning our farm in 1998 planted over 2,000 trees on it.
We have taken this same concern into the development of our glamping business here in beautiful Dorset.
What we’ve done:
All the electricity used on the farm comes from renewable sources. This is either from our own solar PV cells or from our green electricity supplier.
“I want you to act as if the house is on fire, because it is.”Greta Thunberg
EV charging is available to our guests with electric vehicles.
We not only use local skilled crafts people, we also restore vintage furniture for our accomodation to give each a unique feel. The staddle stones under the Nomad were made by a local stone mason just 10 miles away, our yurt was crafter just 5 miles away and our Blackdown shepherd’s hut was made within 30 miles.
Food Hampers contain all local produce celebrating the wonderful local producers we are so blessed to have around us.
We produce our own handmade soaps using all natural ingredients and essential oils (which smell divine) .
We have been using Who Gives a Crap toilet paper for several years for both our home and the glamping accommodation. For more on them go to our Giving back blog
Environmentally friendly cleaning products like Ecover are provided for your use and are used during change over.
A recycling crate and food waste caddy are supplied for each accommodation to make it easy for you to sort your waste.
We are involved in both the Beaminster Area ECO Group and regularly open our home for the Dorset Open Eco Homes. We have also provided talks to students of permaculture.
Laundry is done by us in a modern A+++ rated machine.
Some things you can do that make a difference:
Sort your waste as you go using the recycling container provided. There is also a general bin for things that really can’t be recycled.
Think about the wood you are burning. Wood is a carbon store; we offer all the kiln-dried wood you need, but please think of the environment when using this resource.
We are surrounding by a wonderful range of local businesses that truly care about Dorset. Within 5 miles there are at least 5 award winning places to eat and drink and Beaminster has some wonderful independent shops. By buying from local independent businesses whilst you are with us you are making a big difference to the local economy.
We have a network of bridleways and footpaths starting from our gate. Take the opportunity to explore on foot. With our rolling hills you can have some amazing vistas that cannot be seen except on foot. This will also keep your carbon footprint low.
Enjoy yourselves doing carbon neutral activities such as star gazing, wildlife watching and playing board games.
Leave your accommodation tidy!