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Green Business Tourism Silver Scheme
01/05/2012

Environmental Policy:

Here at Low Urpeth Farm 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. Recycling day is Wednesday (early).  Recycling bins at Katie’s Cottage are situated off the loading bay at the entrance of the farm yard.  Bungalow’s bins are next to the garage.
  2. Compost caddies/Wormery: Guests wishing to compost their food waste can do so in the wormery and compost bins provided. 
  3. Using recycled paper and products wherever possible.
  4. Energy saving light bulbs are in use throughout the properties.
  5. Using environmentally friendly cleaning products.
  6. Insulation in our loft spaces to increase energy efficiency double glazing wherever we can in properties
  7. Buying locally where possible (Taste Durham Award – Highest Quality Assured and Local Produce Champion/Taste of the North East Bronze)
  8. Free bike storage. We encourage our guests to bring their bikes or hire bikes
  9. Provide maps of all the walks around the farm.
  10. Rainwater collection for the garden.
  11. Using email and our website to promote Low Urpeth where possible
  12. A updated ‘Cracking Urpeth Breakfast’ menu has been created placing emphasis on meeting all dietary needs, sustainability and locally sourced farm-assured, seasonal, organic and/or fair-trade mainly from County Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland and labelled as such for the benefit of our guests. We do this to support the local businesses and bring added value to the experience of our guests.

13.   We are members of the Destination Chester-le-Street Tourism Group which promotes the Christian Heritage, environment, promoting nature reserves, etc in and around Chester-le-Street

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 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
  5. Use shops selling local produce - see your information file for more on this
  6. Leave the car behind sometimes and walk or cycle
  7. Guest bird watching reference books and records
  8. 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.

May 2012 - Low Urpeth Farm: T: 0191 4102901   E: stay@lowurpeth.co.uk    W:  www.lowurpeth.co.uk

 

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