Our Environmental Policy
The Craigwell is in a stunning position overlooking Morecambe Bay and we care greatly about the environment and minimising the environmental impact of our activities. An example of this is our membership of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Some of the steps we have taken are:-
- All the food we serve is produced or sourced locally, unless it is Fair Trade.
- We try to minimise the use of portion packs.
- We are replacing all light bulbs with low energy alternatives.
- We have installed a new energy efficient boiler for water and central heating and have fitted individual thermostats to each radiator.
- All cleaning is done with environmentally friendly products.
- We use refillable soap and shampoo containers in bedrooms and eco friendly complimentary toiletries.
- We collect run off water for watering the garden and outdoor cleaning.
- We recycle paper/glass and plastic bottles from guest?s waste bins and hotel ones, also we recycle print cartridges.
- We use recycled paper products where possible.
- We encourage our guests to reuse towels - we will replace them if they are placed in the shower or on the floor.
- We always have information about local transport, cycle hire and walks to allow you to leave your car parked during your stay.
- Where possible we will collect guests from local stations. We have 2 bicycles available for the use of guests and provide free storage for those who bring their own.
If you would like to join us in our efforts
- We invite you to switch off your lights when you are not using them.
- We invite you to use water with car.
- You are also invited to turn off your television at the mains when you are not using it so that the little red light switches off.
Wherever we go and whatever we do, we have an impact.
There are many ways in which you can get involved during your visit to help look after our beautiful area, and ensure it is just as special on your next visit, this will also support our commitment to sustainable tourism:
- Why not get out of the car - walking, riding and cycling are great ways to explore the area without adding to the traffic and you'll find there are fantastic places to visit right on your doorstep!
- Stay local, eat local, buy local and see local - Lancashire has gained a reputation for fine food and local produce, so why seek out farmers' markets, village stores, pubs and cafes and make a real difference to the local communities.
- Reduce, Reuse, Recycle - support us in our efforts to reduce waste.
- Switch off?and save energy - in rural Lancashire you can see the stars at night! Help us reduce energy use and CO2 emissions by switching off lights and standby buttons when you don't need them. Help us reduce water consumption by using just the water you need.
- Follow the Countryside Code - the countryside code reminds us all to protect, respect and enjoy: look after plants and animals; take litter away; leave gates and property as you find them; keep dogs under close control; and consider other people www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk.
Local Wildlife & Conservation
At the Craigwell we only have a small garden, but still do our best to encourage birds, bees and butterflies by planting suitable plants and using feeders etc. and we grow wild flowers from seed in pots at the rear. We've taken advantage of the parapet outside our newly refurbished suite on the 3rd floor and planted this with bird attracting species.We always have a pair of binoculars at the ready by the bay window in the lounge for birdwatching, and books for identification.
Just to the rear of our property, along church lane is Morecambe cemetery. We walk the dog through here most days and almost regard it is our garden - it's a hive of wildlife activity and great for listening to birdsong. Of recent years however it has been in a sorry state of repair due to vandalism and general misuse.Now however the Friends of Poulton Cemeteries working together with Lancaster City Council have taken over the management and conservation of this important piece of land. Gill is a member of the executive committee. Hopefully this will become an amenity that our guests will enjoy visiting.
It's also worth visiting Happy Mount Park - just about a mile's level walk along the prom.
Morecambe Bay sustainability.
Green Action Plan
We were thrilled to achieve GTBS Gold Award in Spring 2010, but try to keep going forward - since then we :-
Replaced all stationery as it ran out with recycled paper - now all our paper products have been recycled ? including tissues in room and paper napkins in the dining room.
We use recycled bin liners.
As our previous supply of toiletries dwindled we replaced with UK produced toiletries for the bedrooms.
We have replaced the bath in room 8 with a shower
We have sourced more local produce for breakfast.
Our Ongoing Plans are:
- To monitor our water consumption.
- To replace the remaining bath with a shower.
- To source more local products.
- To investigate forming a local green business network.
Farmers' markets are an increasingly popular way to buy local. People like them as they are a way to meet several producers face to face, and there is always the opportunity to chat and to find out more about how and where the food is produced.
Markets usually take place once or twice a month in some of our market towns and gateways to Bowland. Our cheese, meat and veg producers are usually well represented.
Christchurch URC, Broadway - 4th Thursday in every month 9am to 2pm
Market Square - 2nd Saturday in the month, 9.30am to 4.30pm
High Bentham Market Hall - 1st Saturday in the month, 9.30am to 1.30pm
Buying local products is important for many reasons, not only because it supports the economy, but also because these products are part of the fabric of our distinctive landscape.