I am very proud and privileged to live in North Cornwall and in particular Wadebridge and the Camel Estuary. Wadebridge B&B endeavours to 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 energy and water requirements.
Local suppliers are used for meals served at Wadebridge B&B, such as Cornish free range eggs, sausages, bacon and hogs pudding from Taylors in Wadebridge, and homemade jams and marmalade. Rain water is also harvested for the garden and promote composting and the use of mulches and leaf mould.
Locally sourced produce is bought to support the local economy, and to reduce food miles I do the shopping on an electric bike charged during the day from solar power. Only fair-trade tea, coffee, and sugar is served.
At Wadebridge B&B, all energy and water consumption is monitored – in 2013 a 4.9kw PV Solar panel array was installed, 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.
Only environmentally friendly cleaning and laundry products are used, and so are biodegradable bottles for shower and bathing products. These products are bought in bulk to reduce plastic waste.
Guests are encouraged to explore the many delights of the 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.