Environmental Policy For Elder Grove & Stones Throw
In an idle moment during spring 2004 we (Paul and Vicky) decided we should be more environmentally friendly at Elder Grove.
This lead us to joining the Tourism Partnership that helps preserve the Lake District we love so much one course and some consultation later we put some simple steps in Green awareness into practice. Later the same year we achieved green accreditation. Over the last 9 years we have continued improve our green policies and have since gone on to achieve the Cumbria Business Environmental Network (Cben) Bronze award in October 2006 and 2007. During the summer of 2007 we have worked for and gained a gold award from GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme) achieving a rating of 88%, being one of the first bed and breakfasts in Ambleside, The Lake District & The North West of England to achieve this prestigious award. During 2008 we achieved Cben Gold. In the Autumn of 2009 with the new GTBS criteria we achieved a Silver award regaining gold in 2013
In the dinning room our jams and marmalade are homemade. Bacon, Sausage and Bread (except our homemade loaf) are produced in the village with ingredients sourced with in Cumbria. Bees from Ambleside help produce the honey bought from a beekeeper from Kendal and our Butter is handmade on a farm at Shap all helping reduce our “food miles”. We have been looking at reducing our food waste and have changed the menu to offer smaller portions, we feed unused toast to the birds, and compost all the old tea bags.
We reuse and recycle our paper, glass, plastic, card and tins; we also have compost bins for our compostable waste recycling up to 70 % of our waste.
We have maps and timetables to encourage you to walk and use public transport. Our situation is ideal for walking from the house or jumping onto the local bus service and leaving you car behind for the day.
All our used printer cartridges are sent to girl guiding in Ambleside to be recycled, where they exchange them as a fundraising campaign.
Used postage stamps go to the local Trefoil guild who collect them for a local children’s hospice.
We have replaced 95% of the most used lights to low energy bulbs
Our office stationary is recycled or made from sustainable forests as well as facial and toilet tissue, and kitchen hand roll.
In the Laundry we wash on low temps non bio washing liquids, minimizing soaps and conditioners into the water and have pledged to be phosphate free and are approved by Love Your lakes
Switching off lights when they are not needed and TV’s turned off as we clean rooms (not left on stand by) and unplugging phone & camera chargers, when not required.
Towels we ask guest to leave towels on the heated towel rails and we change the towels at our discretion, daily if required.
Where possible we use commercial ‘green’ cleaning products, this is an ever changing and sourcing area of work.
We have joined the opt out scheme for fundraising for the Partnership reaching Gold Supporter status. Our total contributions to date raised over by our guests is £7200, Thank you.
Maybe you could helps us maintain and improve our environmental goals
On the way out in the evening and morning, turn off bedroom lights and TV’s leaving paper and card in the basket on the first landing all helps and any loose change in the partnership collecting box!!
Outside of Elder Grove we have sponsored Ambleside United junior football clubs under 8 side, we are joint sponsors of the children’s races at Ambleside Sports and Lakelenaders under 16′s boys hockey team. We commit time to Guiding, the hockey club, Sports committee and cricket club.
In May 2010 we were the Cumbria Tourism winners for Sustainable tourism, and we went onto the north west finals unfortunately we did not win this one. We were also nominated for Green business in the local Cumbria news media awards.
We are currently looking at ways to improve our land fill waste and recycling methods with a local company and we have undertaken a water survey and are looking at ways of improving our water usage with out compromising the wonderful refreshing showers we currently enjoy.
2012 saw us gain a highly Commended as a Visitor giving ambassador from Nurture Lakeland for our ongoing support.
Recently we have refurbished several rooms – the old furniture went to impact a local charity and unwanted items are regularly recycled using the freecycle network