Environmental Policy

Elder Grove B&B is a family run business in the heart of the Lake District National Park.

We remain committed to providing a quality accommodation service and remain mindful of our potential impact on the natural environment in which we operate.

We will:

  • Minimise the use of paper in the office and re-use and recycle all paper where possible.
  • Switch off all lights and electrical equipment when not in use and adjust heating with energy consumption in mind.
  • Seek to buy more environmentally friendly and efficient products, and re-use and recycle where possible.
  • Source locally produced food from local suppliers to help reduce the carbon footprint and use local trades people wherever possible.
  • Cleaning materials will be as environmentally friendly as possible, and we will only use licensed and appropriate organisations to dispose of waste.
  • Promote environmental awareness among our employees and encourage them to work in an environmentally responsible manner.
  • Train, educate and inform our employees about environmental issues within the hotels that may affect their work and involve them in the implantation of this policy, for greater commitment and improved performance.
  • Commit to comply with relevant legislation and regulations relating to our industry.
  • We will continually improve and monitor environmental performance to help improve and reduce environmental impact and review this statement annually to improve our environmental performance.

Over the last 13 years, led by previous overs, Elder Grove has continued to improve its green practices and food miles to help preserve the Lake District we love so much.

  • In the dining room our jams and marmalade are homemade. Bacon, Sausage and Bread are sourced from local producers.
  • Bees from Ambleside help produce the honey bought from a beekeeper from Kendal
  • Our butter is handmade on a farm at Winter Tarn Farm, Penrith
  • We feed unused toast to the birds, and compost fruit waste
  • We reuse and recycle our paper, glass, plastic, card and tins
  • We have compost bins for our compostable waste recycling up to 70% of our waste
  • Our location is ideal for walking from the house or jumping onto the local bus service and leaving you car behind for the day and we stock maps and timetables to encourage our guests to walk and use public transport
  • Our used printer cartridges are sent to charity to be recycled
  • Used postage stamps go to the local hospice
  • We have replaced 95% of the most used lights to low energy bulbs
  • Our office stationary is recycled
  • All facial, toilet tissue and kitchen roll is made from sustainable forests
  • We have pledged to be phosphate free laundry powder
  • We operate with energy efficiency in mind -switching off lights when they are not needed, TV’s turned off and unplugging phones/ camera chargers, when not required.
  • 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.
  • We support local charity The Lake District Foundation and have reached Gold Supporter status from contributions raised totalling in excess of £10,000

We ask out guests to:

  • Turn off bedroom lights and TV’s on their way out in the evening and morning
  • Leaving paper and card in the basket on the first landing
  • Donate any loose change to The Lake District Foundation (collection box by reception)