It was lovely to hear from the Deeside Naturalists Society this week. Great to hear that one of their members, who recently stayed here with her family, has recommended us to the Group as an interesting place to stay for those who appreciate seeing how conservation and farming can work together to provide a haven for birds and wildlife.
January and February is the start of hedge trimming, which is left as late as possible so that the birds can benefit from the wild berries and brambles that the hedgerows provide.
Conservation, Wildlife and Green issues are close to our hearts at Red Hall Farm Holiday Cottages, so it was really important to us to belong to the Green Tourism Business Scheme www.green-business.co.uk , as they have the most credible green tourism certification programme in the World!
A qualified assessor for the Green Tourism Business Scheme undertook an accreditation grading visit in June, and following this we were delighted to learn that we had achieved a GOLD Award. Green Tourism Business Scheme commented:
"Red Hall Farm Holiday Cottages enter the Green Tourism Business Scheme with a GOLD Award. This is an excellent achievement for an entry-level business. Martin and Joanne clearly displayed a keen awareness of environmental issues and are striving to make the business as environmentally sustainable as possible. The site benefits from an 11kw wind turbine, as well as 200 acres of natural farmland habitat. Martin`s passion for wildlife has been recognised and he is the worthy winner of numerous conservation awards. There is an excellent array of information available to guests, both on-site and also on the website. All in all, an excellent effort. Keep up the good work!"
I know he looks like the dog off the Specsavers advert, butPip feels soooo much better!!
When the May sunshine hit us last week, it proved too much for our Collie dog, Pipp, who has the most amazingly thick coat! He iliteraly has a coat as thick as a sheep`s fleece! Every year when the temperatures rise, Pipp is clipped out like the sheep so that he can enjoy the sunshine and let the air at his skin.
The dairy cows were so pleased to enjoy some April sunshine out in the fields, they were literally skipping out into the fields after milking!
We were very pleased to see the first swallows returning to their nesting places on the 14th April.
After a lot of hard work we are very proud to open the Holiday Cottages and look forward to welcoming our guests. It has been quite a journey! – Mostly pleasant thankfully!
Martin Baird of Red Hall Farm was recognised for his wildlife conservation work when he was awarded the 2012 Grey Partridge Award.