Environmental Policy

Low Urpeth Farm Bed & Breakfast and Self Catering Holiday Cottages near Durham & Beamish Museum

Here at Low Urpeth we are committed to providing good quality service while actively reducing our environmental impact.  To this end we offer the following:

  1. Recycling of glass, paper, plastic and cans. We encourage our guests and ourselves to do the same by providing recycling bins on site and in our cottages and bedrooms.
  2. Compost caddies are provided for guests wishing to compost their food waste and compost bins are used by all at the farm.
  3. Growing our own herbs - one stone bath and two plant tubs full of herbs.
  4. Using recycled paper and products wherever possible.
  5. Energy saving light bulbs are used throughout the properties.
  6. Using environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  7. Insulation in our loft spaces to increase energy efficiency double glazing wherever we can in properties
  8. Buying fresh and fabulous local produce where possible from County Durham, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland.
  9. Free bike storage. We encourage our guests to bring their bikes or hire bikes.
  10. Provide maps of all the walks around the farm.
  11. Rainwater collection for the garden.
  12. Using email and our website to promote Low Urpeth where possible,


These actions to make Low Urpeth sustainable have taken place in a wider context of environmental improvement for wildlife.

  1. Encouraging bird life through erecting nesting boxes and through year-round feeding at the garden bird tables
  2. Encouraging other wildlife through activities such as erecting bat boxes, planting insect-attractive plants in the garden, creating dead wood piles in the woodland and leaving dead trees standing.
  3. Maintaining all footpaths through the farm and woodlands
  4. Growing 3 hectares of wild bird mix for winter feeding of wild birds and wildlife
  5. Introducing 6 metre grassland strips for nesting birds insects and wildlife
  6. Membership of FWAG and The Countryside Stewardship Scheme


We have now joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme at silver level which provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their activities.  Please support us.

  1. Recycle glass, paper, tins and plastic bottles through our recycling scheme
  2. Switch off lights TV DVD when leaving a room and turn down heaters rather than opening a window to cool a room down
  3. Encourage guests to recycle
  4. Using a Guest towel agreement eg Towels on the radiators means, we'll use them again.  Towels elsewhere, please wash them.
  5. Use shops selling local produce - see your information file for more on this
  6. Grown our own herbs - we now have two large stone bath tups and two plant pots of herbs.
  7. Leave the car behind sometimes and walk or cycle
  8. Guest bird watching reference books and records
  9. Fill in our feedback form on leaving to let us know how our environmental policies have affected your holiday.

Please ask if you would like to know more about our environmental policy or the actions we have taken.

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