Sustainable Tourism

We certainly are not fond of the term ‘eco’ –  but we are making steps towards being a more 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

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

Ecotricty Electric

All electrical energy used at Ninham, is either generated by our small solar PV array or the majority  by Ecotricity

Ecotricity were the first company in Britain to supply a new kind of electricity – the green kind. In fact, they were the first in the world to do that. Others have followed suit since then, but they’re still the greenest energy company in Britain

Their electricity is 100% green – made from the wind and the sun. They make around a fifth of it themselves from their fleet of windmills and sunmills – the rest is bought from other green generators

 Energy efficient facilities

Our new wash facility on the Orchard, built in 2013, utilises both renewable technologies & good practice in design to minimise both the running costs and the energy required for a large energy hungry facility

This included a solar thermal heating system, with thermal efficient water storage using free energy f 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 cisternsrom the sun to heat

Where possible we used quality materials sourced locally

How solar panels generate electricity

Solar Energy


How solar panels generate electricity

Solar PV systems use cells to convert sunlight into electricity - simply put, a solar panel works by allowing photons, or particles of light, to knock electrons free from atoms, generating a flow of electricity. ...

The PV cell consists of one or two layers of a semi conducting material, usually silicon. When light shines on the cell it creates an electric field across the layers causing electricity to flow
The greater the intensity of the light, the greater the flow of electricity

solar thermal water heating

Solar Water Heating

How it works


A 'solar thermal' hot water systems capture the free heat from the sun and uses it to heat up water for use in sinks & showers

Solar panels filled with a water-glycol on the roof absorb the heat from the sun. This hot fluid in the collectors heats up and this fluid is pumped through a coil in the hot water cylinder,s which transfers the heat to the water in the hot water cylinder

The water is topped us using gas boiler when necessary

Rainwater Harvesting

Rainwater Harvesting

How Does Rainwater Harvesting Work?

Rainwater recycling involves collecting rainwater from a building’s roof or from any other surface, including nowadays permeable pavements and garden lawns

The rainwater then passes through a filter, which eliminates debris, and is stored in a holding tank, usually placed in an underground tank

This saved water can be pumped to places where it is needed

10 kilowatt solar panel system

In 2015 we installed a 40 panel solar PV system.  Located on a barn roof – the small installation (compared to some) generates free solar energy into electricity, then  used directly around the property

The timber frame structure is clad with British Larch sourced from the Longleat Estate in Wiltshire

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

Low wattage & motion sensor lighting is used throughout