Sustainability and Recycling
We are committed to our aim to provide our visitors with an environmentally friendly site; it is our aim to provide recycling facilities, to use renewable energy from the farm`s 11kw wind turbine, to provide a haven for wildlife, and to be as energy efficient and `green` as we can.
We actively promote and encourage you to use our recycling facilities. Use the green wheelie bins (marked separately) for plastics and aluminium cans and paper and card, these are located next to your patio area and are shared with the adjoining holiday cottage. The plastic container with the purple lid is for glass. You also have your own green wheelie bin for general and food waste. Please remember that your rubbish is sorted by hand so please rinse all containers and bottles.
Vegetable and fruit peelings and waste as well as egg shells and cartons can be disposed of by leaving in a plastic bag on top of your wheelie bin (we will then dispose of in our garden composter).
We have joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme and are delighted that after our assessment in June 13, we received a GOLD award, which means that we have scored very highly for our commitment to the environment and our implementation of our Green Policy.
Please use water responsibly, for example avoid running the tap when cleaning your teeth. Reduce water usage further by showering rather than using baths.
The Rointe eco-friendly heating system within the holiday cottages is the most energy efficient model on the market and is powered through renewable energy by the farm`s small wind turbine.
The holiday cottages have super wall and loft insulation and the double glazed windows use K Glass. The coating reflects heat back into the room whilst also letting in free heat from the sun, known as passive solar gain.
Water butts are used to supplement plant watering, clean dirty boots etc. We use a water bore hole on the farm which feeds the animals.
All grass which is cut is used to make silage for the cows to eat in the Winter months. We also compost our leaves that we clear in the Autumn.
Only energy saving lights are used on site. Please ensure lights are turned off, when not in use.
The vast majority of our electrical appliances are at least `A` graded energy efficient.
All our cleaning products and detergents are eco-friendly.
Towels are washed in eco-friendly powder and dried out in the fresh air.
Complimentary soaps are eco-friendly and toilet rolls are produced with re-cycled paper.
Our Welcome basket contains only local free range eggs, local home-made jam, home-made cakes, scones and bread.
Walking and cycling is promoted from the cottages with a large range of maps and information.
We try to reuse materials in a sustainable way. The Old Bothy and The Old Grainstore have been converted using an abundance of local timber, and original beams, slates and sandstone have been maintained and restored. Timber thinned from our woodland is used to make fences, as well as providing firewood for our visitors. Super insulation on the external walls and in the loft and K Glass double glazing (solar reflection) has ensured the Holiday Cottages are as airtight as possible.
Ecological paints have also been used in the Holiday Cottages.
Red Hall Farm has won numerous local and national conservation and wildlife awards, including:
- NFU Farming Excellence Awards - 2004 English Nature Farming for Wildlife Award National Runner Up
- NFU Farming Excellence Awards – 2004 English Nature Farming for Wildlife Award Regional Winner
- Purdey Awards for Game and Conservation Special Award
- FWAG Silver Lapwing Awards – Highly Commended
- Featured in the ¬Birds and Wildlife in Cumbria` Natural History Book - annually from 2003 – 2012 (published by Cumbria Naturalists Union)
- Winner of the Cumbria and North Lancashire Grey Partridge Award 2012
We have increased the number of bird boxes to twenty, we also have bat boxes. We are committed to environmental land management through DEFRA`s Countryside Stewardship Scheme (since 1997) and Higher Level Scheme (since 2011). Our woodland management policy encourages dead wood to accumulate, and not to be removed. Trees that are old are left to rot away. We do not cut under the hedge line to encourage wildlife and wild flowers. We actively encourage the planting of bee and butterfly plants to help with pollination.
Red Hall Holiday Cottages Sustainability Policy:
Reducing our impact on the environment and acting in a sustainable way is an integral part of our lives. We believe that we can all make a positive difference to our future through a greater understanding of our actions and reducing our impact on the environment. We hope by our understanding, actions and daily deeds that we will make a positive difference to our environment now and in the future. We are measured by our actions.
We are hoping that the small steps that we are taking today, will make a big difference in the future.