We are now a Green Tourism member and are very proud to have attained a Silver Award following our recent assessment. We are now focused on retaining and improving that where possible and managing our business using the GTBS best practice guidelines for sustainable tourism. The scheme provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. Green Tourism in their report said:” Grove Wood Cottages is off to a very good start, securing the SILVER award…Guests are given a really green experience from the eco friendly soap and cleaning products as well as the very local welcome pack with minimal, or no, food (and flower) miles.This is supported by walking and wildlife information encouraging guests to make the most out of the rural location and the garden which has homemade nesting boxes and lots of wildlife habitats…”
Grove Wood Cottages encourages its employees, guests and contractors to minimise its impact on the environment. We have started in a small way using best practice, but aim to keep improving steadily and we encourage guests to get outside: to walk, run, cycle, use public transport or car share.
In the close vicinity of the cottage there is an orchard and guests are welcome to pick and use the fruit in the autumn. Guests will find a number of bug houses and bird boxes positioned to encourage nesting within a safe environment.
The cottage looks out on the countryside and guests can enjoy and appreciate the natural beauty of the land and the flora and fauna that surrounds them during their stay.
The cottage is fully insulated and where possible, double glazed; the lighting is low energy thus keeping the environmental impact minimal.
There is provision given for guests to dispose of used bulbs and batteries, these will be taken to a local collection point.
We provide guests with a the Countryside Code and other guidance that highlights the ways to recycle paper, card, metal, plastics and glass. Separate bins are provided for recycling. On departure, the recycling is taken by us to the nearest recycling point.
Guests are given the option of using a compost bin for kitchen waste. This is combined with waste from the Owner’s other properties to produce the rich humus used in the garden pots and in the surrounding flowerbeds and hedge bottoms.
The toilet rolls provided are produced from recycled paper and are certified FSC that helps support the principles and actions that protect our air, water, and overall quality of life. Other purchases of paper materials are where practicable of a re-cycled nature.
The guest hospitality toiletries are environmentally friendly using products from the Myddfai Trading Company which is a social enterprise. Their ethical, innovative, environmentally friendly and original products are in line with their social enterprise values. We also provide organic baby products. Myddfai TC are committed to minimising the impact of its operations on the environment through its business activities, wherever practical, with profits used for local rural regeneration. All their products are UK made and are SLS, Paraben and cruelty free. We use re-fillable bottles and use every opportunity to avoid single use plastic. We no longer supply cling film and hope our guests will be happy to use our re-usable fridge storage boxes. We use small cakes of Myddfai soap to minimise waste.
The cottage heating is controlled by a room thermostat and individual radiator controls. Guests are shown how to use these on arrival and are encouraged to switch off all appliances, heating and lighting when not needed. Although a tumble dryer is provided for use we encourage guests to dry clothes in the heated cupboard, outdoors on the washing line or on the Aga, which can be safely used for drying as long as you use the Aga rack provided, and cooking.
- We leave you a reusable bag/basket for your shopping whilst you are here.
- Our milkman delivers milk, eggs and orange juice. You can order in advance on the doorstep. Used bottles should be returned on the roadside for recycling. Let us know if you would like to use this service.
- We harvest rainwater to water pot plants.
- We use as many environmentally friendly products as possible, from companies such as Ecover.
- We use vinegar with bicarbonate of soda as a cleaning product. There are books in the cottage which inform guests on the benefits of these products.
- We use a steamer to clean carpets and upholstery.
- The surrounding gardens have been planted with plants specifically to attract bees such as various types of buddleia, wisteria and lavender.
- There are books in the Cottage that will help you identify flora, fauna, birds and wildlife. We have lesser spotted woodpeckers in the trees surrounding the cottage which you may hear from time to time and red kites.
- We plant new trees every year and all logs for the cottage are from the Owner’s woodland -Grove Wood- which are well managed and sustainable.
- We use flowers and greenery from our surrounding gardens for decoration in the cottage.
- The Welcome hamper includes a gift of wine, perry or cider from local Herefordshire producers – Three Choirs Wine or The Beeches Vineyard in Upton Bishop and Much Marcle – Westons Cider & Perry.
- Guests are welcome to make use of the herbs in the walled organic herb kitchen garden adjoining the tennis court.
- Cooked meals or freezer meals ordered by you are from local producers.
- We encourage use of star gazing and can provide star maps and telescope for guests with dark sky interests.
- We encourage guests to observe wildlife and nature and to record the same so we can keep a record and where appropriate publish online.
An extensive tourist information pack highlights places of interest and natural beauty to visit, which helps the low impact on sustainable tourism. Public transport timetables are available online or from the Owner.
The cottage has covered bicycle racks which can be fixed with your own lock.
We encourage guests to support the local producers, shops, pubs, restaurants and cafes and we promote local tourist attractions and events.
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