The Garden Cottage Conservation Policy
As part of our commitment to the sustainable Tourism we take into consideration the environmental and social impacts of our business and hope to educate our guests about sustainable living.
As part of our conservation plan:
- We try to recycle and use recycled goods as much as possible. To help us do this we ask our guests to use the recycling facilities provided.
- Provide recycled kitchen and toilet rolls for guests.
- All uncooked vegetable matter and garden waste is composted and used on the garden.
- Newspapers, toilet rolls etc are taken for recycling.
- We will also replace electrical white goods (when need be) with A rated goods, we replace light bulbs etc as and when needed with low energy ones.
- We will also try to access non-harmful cleaning materials using the dri-pak green cleaning website and use information from that site to help us when purchasing products.
- We only use rainwater to water in the garden which is collected using water butts around the garden.
- Throughout the year we hold coffee mornings and fund-raising events for local charities including our local Village Hall, Air Ambulance, and Life Boats appeal and Pam is a member of the the WRVS.
- We support the annual village litter pick
- We are members and regular users of Freecycle.
- Batteries and printer cartridges are collected and given to our local school for recycling.
- We refill soap dispencers in the cottage.
This is a beautiful area and the best way to see it is on foot or bike and we try to encourage our guests to leave the car here (or even at home) and explore.
- As their is no local bus service due to the rural nature of our location, we can provide a service (by prior arrangement) to transport guests, luggage and bicycles to and from the railway or bus terminals in Preston, Longridge or Garstang.
- We try to support our local shops, businesses and cultural events as much as possible. You will find information about places to shop, visit and eat out, in the cottage and also on this website.
- As an extra service we will collect any shopping prior to arrival if requirements are emailed to us. Please feel free to contact us using the phone number or email address listed on the contact page to clarify any details.
- We also have a very secure lock up for cycles an undercover area for any repairs or washing down that needs doing, a hose pipe is in this area also brushes and of course a puncture repair outfit!
- A selection of Map books and walks or cycle rides are available for our guests to use.
We love our garden and try to be as wildlife friendly as possible.
- In the garden there is a wildlife pond, providing shelter for amphibians and aquatic insects and water for the birds and mammals that use the garden.
- There are a variety of bird nesting boxes in various locations around the garden.
- Guests are also given the opportunity to use the fresh products we grow in the garden. For breakfast you are more than welcome to collect eggs from our free range hens, rescued from life in a battery cabin.
- The hedges surrounding the garden offer good places for birds to nest and find food. These comprise of Holly, Beech and Hawthorn. There are also well established Oak Ash and Beech trees in the garden, as well as various fruit trees with blossom to help the bees. We also grow Buddleia trees for this purpose and leave a small area of the garden wild to encourage butterflies.
- We encourage our guests to make a note of the local wildlife seen and we record local wildlife activity on our blog.
- We also try to use recycled wood to repair and make the storage in the garden, this is done by using old wood pallets which are given to us free of charge.
- We have just purchased some extra land adjoining the garden where we hope to plant some more broad leafed trees.
- Our blog along with blogs from other GTBS members, forms part of www.lancashirewildlife.org.uk wildlife news website.
This website is hosted by www.1and1.co.uk who now uses wind, water and solar power in accordance with the Renewable Energy Certification System (RECS).
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