Green Holiday Cottage

Caldertop Cottage
Self Catering Holiday Accommodation

Shortlisted in the Sustainable Tourism 2011/12 Lancashire & Blackpool Tourist Board Tourism Awards.

Winners of the Green Tourism Award at the Wyre Stars in Tourism Awards 2011.

Awarded Highly Commended in Sustainable Tourism 2010/11 Lancashire & Blackpool Tourist Board Tourism Awards.

Here at Caldertop Cottage & Higher Landskill Farm we are committed to providing a good quality service to our guests whilst minimising the environmental impact of our activities.

Our aims:

  • to educate our guests through demonstrating a sustainable way of living.
  • to be responsible for everything we do, to take into consideration the environmental and social impacts of our business on the environment.

Our commitment:

  • serving our community wherever possible by supporting local producers, restaurants, pubs, cafes, promoting local tourist attractions, shops, cultural events.
  • continuing to work closely with Lancashire County Council’s Countryside Service and the RSPB to manage our land and hedgerows for local wildlife.

Some of the main steps we have taken in the cottage and on the farm to reduce our impact are detailed below:

The Cottage

  • Topped up the loft insulation with insulation made from 90% recycled plastic bottles.
  • Replaced light bulbs with energy efficient light bulbs.
  • Eco-friendly cleaning products and detergents are used to clean the cottage and are also made available for guests to use.
  • Changed the electricity supply to a green energy tariff. All the electricity used is matched with electricity from renewable sources such as wind and water. This ‘green’ energy is then supplied to the National Grid, which in turn supplies households.
  • Recycling waste. Cardboard and paper are collected every two weeks by Wyre Borough Council. Glass, tins, cans, drink cartons, plastic and used light bulbs are taken to the Household Waste Recycling Centre in Garstang. Used batteries, printer cartridges and mobile phones are given to Calder Vale St John’s C of E Primary School for recycling. Compost bin for kitchen waste.
  • Laminated copies of local walks to encourage guests to walk from the cottage door.
  • Suggestions for car free activities made available.
    Provided details of locally sourced food and drink, at farmers’ markets / restaurants.
  • Provided details of local shops, cafes, restaurants and pubs selling fair-trade products.
  • Save a flush sachets placed in the toilet cisterns to reduce water flush.
    Private spring water supply. Installed a Moby Rio Whole House Water Filter – beyond Ultra Violet water treatment – to treat the water supply to cottage and farmhouse.
  • Recycled paper, envelopes and printer cartridges used in paper correspondence.
  • Toilet rolls, kitchen rolls and paper tissues supplied to guests are 100% recycled.

The Farm:

  • Work closely with Lancashire County Council’s Countryside Service and RSPB to improve fields and hedgerows for nesting wading birds.
  • Installation of a bird hide to enable visitors to view the wildlife on the farm.
  • Extra care is taken when working on the land to ensure that nesting birds and wildlife are not disturbed. Markers are placed on the land to mark nests during the nesting season.
  • Free range hens obtained through the Battery Hen Welfare Trust roam around the farm, with some of the eggs being given to guests in the welcome basket.
  • Membership of the Environmental Stewardship Scheme where the objectives are to conserve wildlife, maintain and enhance landscape quality character, protect the historic environment and natural resources, promote public access and understanding of the countryside and protect natural resources.
  • Part of our land is listed as a Biological Heritage Site. These fields are of significant ornithological interest supporting good numbers of breeding waders, in particular Lapwing, Redshank, Curlew and Snipe.

We encourage our guests to consider their impact on the environment and welcome any suggestions on how we can further protect the environment and increase the enjoyment of your stay.

Sustainable Tourism Visitor code

Members of Bowland Experience Supporting Forest of Bowland Sustainable Tourism


 

Shortlisted for the Green Tourism Business Scheme Goldstar Awards 2013.

The shortlist was compiled from the highest scoring Gold graded businesses from 2012 so we were in the top 3% of green businesses in the UK & Ireland.

Waders Lancashire viewing Bird Hide
The Bird Hide

Shortlisted in the Sustainable Tourism Award category. Awarded Highly Commended in Sustainable Tourism 2010/11 by TV wildlife presenter Michaela Strachan.

Wildlife Pond
Wildlife Pond

Free range ex battery
Ex-battery hens from the British Hen Welfare Trust.

Brown Hare
Brown Hare

Lapwing
Lapwing Chick

Wildlife pond
Wild Iris

 


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