The only "eco-friendly" Bed and Breakfast in Wadebridge and Padstow
Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast has been recognised for the environmentally friendly practices that run through the business by the Green Tourism Business Scheme Silver award.
I am delighted to have begun my "green" recognition with a Silver. I understand that greater sustainability and reducing environmental impacts is a journey - one I am proud to have begun and to share with my guests.
Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast Environmental statement.
I am very proud and privileged to live in North Cornwall and in particular Wadebridge and the Camel Estuary and I try and leave a very light footprint on our fragile environment through sourcing local food and ingredients, reducing waste, reusing and recycling where possible, solar powered electricity generation, water harvesting and lowering my energy and water requirements.
From local suppliers I use Cornish free range eggs, sausages, bacon and hogs pudding from Taylors in Wadebridge, homemade jams and marmalade, I harvest rain water for the garden and promote composting and the use of mulches and leaf mould.
I buy locally sourced produce to support the local economy and to reduce food miles I do my local shopping on an electric bike charged during the day from solar power. I buy and serve fair-trade tea, coffee, and sugar.
I monitor energy and water consumption – in 2013 I installed a 4.9kw PV Solar panel array which generates electricity consistently through the year and especially in the summer months. The daytime electricity is used to power the washing machine and cleaning apparatus in the morning and in the afternoon it is switched to heat the hot water tank meaning savings in both electricity and gas.
The house has energy efficient lighting and appliances throughout including guest room televisions, AAA washing machine and tumble drier. The house has recently been installed with ultra low energy and bright LED lamps throughout.
I use environmentally friendly cleaning and laundry products, and biodegradable bottles for shower and bathing products. I buy in bulk to reduce plastic waste.
Guests are encouraged to explore the many delights of our local area. I keep a range of maps and walking guides, with information on local attractions, and public transport.
A particular highlight of Wadebridge is the many bus connections throughout Cornwall and attractive local walks. Guests are encouraged to arrive by public transport with a free collection from the bus stop..
Green Actions Summary.
I am always looking for ways improve the "green credentials" of Wadebridge Bed and Breakfast and ultimately aim to achieve the Green Tourism Gold Award.
The summary lists the actions I am already taking and I encourage guests input into future actions.
If you would like to make a suggestion or ask about any of the activities please feel free - you can call me on 01208 816837 or email from here.
I look forward to hearing from you!!
Sausages, bacon and Hogs pudding from our local butcher.
Free Range Cornish eggs from a local supplier
Locally baked bread.
Fair-trade products where possible.
I Reduce waste by
Sorting all the rubbish for recycling.
Using the compost bins for vegetable waste and garden waste.
Buying in bulk and trying not to buy products that are over packaged.
I Reuse waste by
Recycling old carpets through Wadebridge Freegle.
Using water from tap run offs on the balcony plant troughs.
Using left over bottled water from the rooms in the steam iron
My recycling is collected every fortnight and recycled within Cornwall.
All my glass, plastic milk bottles, tins, aluminium foil, clothes and cardboard (or compost it).
Unwanted household items and clothing are recycled via our local Cornwall Cares shop.
During the day the house is mainly powered by my 4kw solar panel array. Surplus energy goes to the Grid. I use energy efficient light bulbs throughout. My website is powered entirely by renewable energy.Room televisions and heating are turned off during quiet times
I shop locally on an electric bike thus reducing food miles.
I support local enterprise / business
By using local shops and services for all supplies in the first instance.
By hiring local trade's people to do building, plumbing etc.
By being a member of Visit Cornwall thus supporting the destination.
By applying to be graded under The Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Help and contribute to local events such as the Lions Beer Festival, Camel Valley River Festival and Wadebridge Carnival. I support the Woodland Trust through monthly subscription.
In the garden I
Don't use chemical pesticides or fertilisers.
Use peat free compost and our own leaf mould.
I have a 800 litre capacity for storing rainwater for use during dry weather.
In the house
All laundry is washed on site with eco-products and air dried.
I use environmentally friendly cleaning products.
Public and sustainable Transport
I encourage guests to arrive by public transport by arranging free collection from the nearest bus stops. I encourage car free days for keen walkers, and the use of local buses - there are many walks from our doorstep and always help with route planning and connections.
You are welcome to borrow binoculars for seal or bird watching.
Overnight drying facilities are available.
Thank you for taking the time to read this and do let please let me know if there is anything that you can share with me to help reduce our impact on the environment.