We care passionately about the countryside in which we live and farm.
In order to care for it and lessen our impact we have implemented an number of measures.
We have taken out all but one of the oil burning boilers and replaced them with a central woodchip gasification boiler which is very efficient and is carbon neutral. We have planted several acres of Miscanthus (elephant grass) which will take 2 to 3 years to establish before we can start the annual cropping for heating fuel. The crop needs no artificial stimulants or pesticides. We should eventually be self sufficient.
We have recently joined an environmental scheme and have planted crops in some fields to attract butterflies and bees, and are managing small amounts of arable land to attract and harbour bird species.
We encourage our guests to sort their refuse for recycling to help keep our contribution to landfill as small as possible and we compost as much as possible – though there is not much food waste left after the animals in pets’ paddock have dealt with it!
Although we are a bit off any bus and train routes we give guests ideas for car free days out, there are lots of lovely walks around here, and you can walk to Lanhydrock House for a day out. We also have a couple of bikes to lend out and it is possible to cycle to Eden Project in 30 to 50 minutes, then qualifying for a reduced entry fee. We have had guests arrive and stay with just their bicycles, it’s surprising how far you can get out and about – however Cornwall’s landscape does undulate rather, so it can be a bit challenging. We have recently invested in two e-bikes which we can loan to guests (and for this introductory season this is a free service for adult guests!) Even us oldies can manage day trips of 30 + miles on an e-bike!
Where possible we use environment friendly cleaning products and low energy lighting.
We have solar panels on the farm shed roofs and also on one cottage roof contributing clean energy to the national grid. We have looked at wind turbines but we are too far from a viable port into the National Grid to get a connection unfortunately.
We are proud to have been given the Green Acorn award by SECTA for our efforts in reducing our carbon footprint on the area.