Our Green Policy
We live in a very special part of the country with superb architectural heritage and access to beautiful landscape rich in native flora and fauna. We recognise the importance climate change has for future generations and therefore try, in our small way, to run our business by taking the environment (both local and global) into consideration wherever possible or appropriate. We are reducing the environmental impact of our business in many small ways including:
- Monitoring electricity and gas use and reducing where possible.
- Sourcing our electricity from renewable energy through Ecotricity our local 100% renewable energy.
- Reducing water use and wastage
- Using locally produced and/or organic food wherever possible and practical.
- Only using fairtrade coffee, tea, chocolate, sugar, bananas and some sheets and towels.
- Recycling, composting, reducing and reusing as much as possible.
- Washing our laundry at home in an energy and water efficient machine and line drying outside or on racks inside during wet weather
- Using environmentally friendly cleaning products.
- Providing information for public transport: such as timetables for local buses all over the Cotswolds and we are happy to help research travel routes on the computer to help make travelling by public transport easier.
- Providing lots of OS maps and walking route plans and guides so you can arrange cycle rides or walks around the Painswick area.
- We run a smallholding where we grow vegetables, apples and keep some sheep and cows to graze our steep banks. We manage our garden and fields on organic principles and to maximize benefits to wildlife.
- We operate a small walker's camping site on our smallholding.
- We are proud to be part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, who monitor our environmental credentials independently.
We invite you to help us with our quest to be greener by:
- Giving your car a rest and trying some of our ideas for exploring the area on foot or by public transport.
- Buying local produce to support our local economy and reduce travel miles.
- Filling in our Nature Diary. Let us know if you spot any interesting birds, flowers or wild animals whilst you are out walking.
- Turning off lights and appliances when you leave your room.
- Using water with care.