Sustainable Tourism 

We certainly are not fond of the term ‘eco’ – as it is too easily bandied about and slapped onto many products that are far from eco!  but we do make steps towards (and there is always work to be done) being a sustainable tourism business

As we re-invest into our property, such as our new wash facility built in 2013, we chose to integrate renewable technologies to minimise both the running cost and the energy required to run a large energy hungry facility

In 2015 we installed a 10 kilowatt solar array which directly powers the business.  A small installation compared to some, but this energy is used directly to heat our swimming pool, which uses air source heat technology

Simple technologies, like allowing sheep to graze the 18 acres of camping area throughout the Winter, certainly minimises the use of mechanised grass cutting, man hours & diesel use, and also allows the pasture to regenerate naturally

Every year, we plant hundreds of both hedging plants & specimen trees, bringing on young saplings in recycled pots until established enough to plant in & around both the camping areas & woodland

Our new wash facility on the Orchard, built in 2013, utilises both renewable technologies & good practice in design & build

We chose to integrate renewable technologies to minimise both the running cost and the energy required to run a large energy hungry facility. This included a solar thermal heating system, with thermal efficient water storage using free energy from the sun to heat 1200 litres of hot water for showers & wash basins

A 7500 litre Rainwater Harvesting System Tank will recycle & filter rainwater to provide water to flush the toilets cisterns. Typically, these types of systems can make a 50% saving of mains water

Low wattage & motion sensor lighting is used throughout

The timber frame structure is clad with British Larch sourced from the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire. It was shipped especially onto the Island for Peter at Clifford J.Matthews Timber based in Whitwell to mill for us

We used Lindab galvanised steel guttering for the build, an environmentally friendly, lightweight system, manufactured with recycled scrap metals and shipped in recyclable packaging

The building is insulated using Earthwool, with a A+ Generic BRE Green Guide rating, made using recycled materials such as glass, and includes a Formaldehyde-free binding process with no added dyes and up to 70% less embodied energy