• Eco friendly Peak District cottages

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  • Eco friendly Peak District cottages
    Eco friendly Peak District cottages


Our sustainability policy...

Since arriving at Wheeldon Trees Farm in 2007, we have committed to creating a home and business where we could practice our ideals for living and working with a minimal impact on the environment.
 
So…
 
  • We are continuously looking at ways to improve how we do things
  • As a very minimum, we comply with all relevant environmental legislation
  • We are committed to raising the awareness of our guests, cleaners, maintenance staff, suppliers and fellow industry professionals with regards to green issues (and how they can help)
  • We monitor and review our environmental performance on a regular basis
 
Here are the key actions that we are already taking:
 
Waste/Recycling
  • We recycle glass, paper, tins, cardboard, milk/fruit juice cartons and plastic
  • All kitchen waste – cooked and uncooked - is ‘fed’ to our on-site hot composter
  • We supply our guests with recycled toilet paper, kitchen paper, silver foil and tissues
 
Energy
  • We have installed a ground source heat pump.  This clever machine converts stored solar energy in the ground to provide central heating and hot water and only uses a small amount of electricity to power the pump.  No need for gas or oil !
  • We have replaced all external cottage doors and frames with specially designed draught proof closings to reduce heat loss
  • We have invested heavily in insulating the solid stone walls of our cottages with rigid insulation boards behind plasterboard lining and added extra insulation in the loft spaces
  • We have installed low energy lighting throughout and minimum ‘A’  rated appliances
  • We buy our electricity from Ecotricity – although not the cheapest, we like the fact that they are investing heavily in renewable energy sources
 
Water
  • Toilets in all our cottages are dual-flush
  • Our shower heads, bathroom and kitchen taps are fitted with aerators that reduce water flow
 
Purchasing
We give preference to purchasing products and services that are :

Produced locally & contribute to the conservation of The Peak District / Produced locally / Supplied locally / Supplied in bulk / Recycled alternatives / Environmentally friendly alternatives
 
Transport
  • We offer a discount for those guests who choose to arrive by public transport or by bike, and can arrange collection from nearby train and bus stations
  • We refund our guests the cost of local bus journeys during their stay
  • We have bought four electric bikes which are available for our guests free of charge during their stay
  • We provide on-site cycle hire courtesy of our friends at Peak Pursuits
  • We have produced a series of self-guided walks from the door with instructions and maps
  • We drive a hybrid Toyota Prius !
 
Our Natural environment
  • We have created a wildflower meadow sown with locally sourced limestone-loving wild seed
  • We have planted over 700 native trees in conjunction with the Woodland Trust – ash, beech, silver birch, field maple, scot’s pine, rowan, spindle, hazel, hawthorn and dogwood
  • We mainting the dry stonewalls that form the boundaries of our fields
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