We are trying to do our bit towards reducing the impact of humans on the environment. We use only energy-saving/LED light bulbs. Please turn all the lights off when you leave your room and also please to not leave television's on in standby mode.

We have had all our radiators fitted with independent thermostat so you can adjust them to your comfort and please note that normally there is no heating between 11pm and 6am. If the heating is on and you wish to reduce the heat in your room then turn the thermostat down before opening the window so as not to end up "heating the garden". If you need any help please do let us know.

We compost garden refuse and feed leftover food to our visiting badgers (excluding tomatoes mushrooms and grapefruit - very discerning our badgers). If you have leftover food that you do not wish to use please bring it to the kitchen.

We try to conserve water by using: showers; low capacity dual flush toilet cisterns (or bottles in the cisterns) and water butts for garden watering. We endeavour to try not to wash towels or bed linen excessively.

Our ethos in all life is it should be easy and fun. We started by just bringing in organic, hopefully fair trade as well with teas then added ketchup sauces and jams, then as much organic food for breakfast as we could source. We have since gone onto organic products in the rooms and hope to have organic linen in due course. Sourcing locally certified organic is quite difficult to do; however there are various growers who grow to organic standards without certification, which we feel, is acceptable. We feel it is important to have certification available such as soilassociation.org as there may be some bigger organizations that might try to sneak in some undesirable practices, if something is local without certification one can verify things oneself.

Our main reasons for using organic is to avoid the chemicals that are included in the food, to know that the soil being used is uncontaminated again effecting the content of the food. With buying organic produce it is necessary do a slight mind shift about food. The food maybe of excellent quality but it may not look as good as mass produced produce as everything may not be such regular shape and size, the fruit may not have waxes on them to make them shine, they may deteriorate quicker and as for the taste it may not be as we are used to, no genetically engineered flavours. So to re-iterate we buy organic to make sure our bodies get the best; the planet is less contaminated by chemicals; the insects and wildlife are safer with no pesticides and finally the less chemicals we eat the less come through our digestive tract and in the water ways.

As you can see we have been carrying out green activities for quite a few years and have now started to add additional items which take a little more thought and cost a little more. As we are in a conservation area and we have a not got a particularly good roof for solar panels we decided to use an energy provider that only deals in renewable electricity. We have just had our roof re tiled so we took the opportunity to install top rated insulation and used recycled roof tiles. We have savings accounts with Triodos Bank, an ethical bank who only invest in sustainable projects, we have been to one of their AGM's, this was amazing and an eye opener. Our pensions are invested in sustainable companies. Of course our favourite activities are our purely electric car and our second car that is a hybrid, electric and petrol, both charged from renewable electricity.

We hope you like these ideas and perhaps you can take some of them home with you. If you have any other suggestions then please do let us know. Whilst here may we suggest...

Be a responsible visitor

Here are 7 things you can do to help save the planet – you can make a difference

  1. Conserve energy -- reduce energy by switching off lights and closing windows if the heating is on.
  2. Give the car a rest -- leave the car behind, if only for a day. Walk, cycle or use public transport.
  3. Shop locally -- use local products, they give you a flavour of the area and help support local communities. (Buy real Cheddar cheese!)
  4. Reduce, Reuse, Recycle -- try to avoid overly packaged goods and saying no to that extra carrier bag. (You will find recycled/ bio degradable carrier bags for your use behind our front door). Try and recycle any waste you have. (Whilst here at Tordown please use the recycling bins also behind the front door).
  5. Be Water Wise -- please use water wisely. Turn off the tap when brushing your teeth and share our towel policies and other water saving initiatives.
  6. Respect nature -- help us to look after the landscape and wildlife by not littering, guarding against fire and using footpaths and cycle-ways responsibly.
  7. Support green tourism business -- there are hundreds of businesses trying to reduce their environmental impact through the green tourism business scheme. Businesses are awarded Bronze, Silver and Gold for their efforts to be more environmentally responsible. See green-business.co.uk for more information.

We have been members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme since 2010 and have attained a Gold award since we joined plus various other of their awards where we came in the top 32 of B&Bs in the scheme, twice running. It is really exciting when you get into the play of helping the environment especially when you start becoming aware of other businesses getting involved and you can see it expanding throughout the world.

We also have a Green Leaders Silver award with Trip Advisor


Cheryl Penn
January 2018