Green Policy- building with awareness for the environment
was originally built out of unseasoned wood from the valley in 1949. Part of
the original frame and beech floor is still in the sitting room. The house
was rebuilt in 1968 with cedar wood cladding. We have
extended the building and insulated the roof floor and walls with
Warmcell , a very good paper based insulation that is fireproof .
Heating We have
replaced the oil fuelled boiler with a carbon neutral wood
gasifying boiler combined with 5 solar thermal panels. These both feed into a
1500 litre accumulator tank that stores the heat. Coils of water flow
through this to provide both heating and hot water. The wood for the
boiler and the 2 wood fires come from our own woodland on the farm.
electricity is provided by Eco-tricity from renewable sources.
and externally we have used low solvent Ecos paint and Osmo plant oil
based floor and wood finishes.
Encouraging Wildlife We have created bat friendly spaces and bird nesting sites around the building.
products All our
soaps and cleaning products are ecologically friendly
encourage you to use local transport within walking distance and to
use the excellent local cafes and restaurants.
food We would
like you to consider buying locally produced organic vegetables and
fruit either from our own farm or from Growing with Grace in Clapham.
We can arrange a box of produce to be delivered on the Wednesday
preceding your visit or you can order online (Growing with Grace)
Recycling We encourage visitors to minimize packaging. We recycle where ever possible. Think Globally! Act Locally!