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Ecology and Green Policy for Self Catering Cottages

Forest Cottages Environmental Policy

At Forest Cottages we are committed to providing a good quality service and wonderful holiday experience whilst minimising the environmental impact of our business activities. As part of this commitment we sought advice from the Green Tourism Business Scheme which provides accreditation and help for tourism businesses to reduce their environmental impact. By promoting sustainable practices the scheme helps to ensure the continued enjoyment of the environment around us for future generations.We were awarded their Gold Accreditation

We operate an environmentally sustainable environment in this way:

  •     We supply environmentally friendly washing products for our guests’ use. The containers for the washing up liquid and kitchen hand soap are refillable.
  •     Laundry is performed in house using non-biological products and minimal tumble drying. During busy periods laundry is collected by a local company in Newtown. It's our policy not to make up beds that you won’t be using, because of the energy and water wasted washing unused bed linen.  If you come without a car (or from overseas) we can provide towels. But normally we ask you to bring your own, because of the high energy required to keep towels looking 'hotel white' (that energy is 'embodied' - hotel towels are replaced frequently, and is also in the washing and tumble drying required).
  •     The showers have water saving shower heads.
  •     Extensive recycling is carried out
  •     Food waste is collected for composting
  •     Plastics & Tins, Bottles and paper are collected for recycling
  •     Wood provided for the wood-burners is from our land
  •     Low energy light bulbs are used where possible.
  •     When we have to replace fridges, ovens etc we buy A rated appliances.
  •     All gardening is pesticide free helped by our free ranging chickens and we aim to encourage beneficial insects by growing insect friendly plants.
  •     We use recycled toilet paper.

We encourage guests to consider their environmental impact and where possible to:

  •     Use the heating controls with consideration. Yes the cost of electricity is included in your holiday but the broader picture is that we all need to reduce our consumption because it’s costing the earth.
  •     Turn lights, TV, standby buttons off when leaving the accommodation.
  •     Recycle – it will only take a moment -use the separate bins provided in the stable block
  •     Use recycled paper products.
  •     Place raw vegetable and fruit waste in our compost bin or kitchen food waste bin
  •     Place cooked waste in kitchen food waste bin.
  •     Use environmentally friendly washing and cleaning products.
  •     Avoid buying bottled water - our mains tap water is safe and tastes fine     

      Support our local shops, pubs, restaurants and food producers by recommendation.

  • You can order ahead before you arrive so your shopping will be delivered for your holiday.  When you eat in the pub, use the local shops or visit local attractions you're really boosting the local economy that keeps your holiday destination the place you wanted to visit. See our website for local events and ideas.
  •     When you eat in the pub, use the local shops or visit local attractions.
Biomass Boiler

The latest addition to our environmental heating system is a Biomass Pellet Burner. The 150kW boiler supplies heating and hot water to all of the properties at The Forest. Wood Pellets are Balcas Brites wood pellets which are produced to ENplus A1 standard to guarantee quality and consistency.

Brites wood pellets are a convenient sustainable fuel manufactured using renewable energy and raw materials sourced from local, sustainably managed forests by Balcas at plants in Enniskillen (Northern Ireland) and Invergordon (Scotland). 

Solar PV

We have installed a set of photovoltaic cells for electricity generation specifically for the cottages


Free range chickens

Our free range hens provide a valuable source of eggs and are excellent pesticide free gardeners! Here we have Cluxton and Chooky, our Silky chickens

Free ranging ducks

Our free range ducks adopted our stream after the stay with us for a few days. Eggs may be available to purchase


Log burning stoves

The B&B has 2 wood burning stoves which utilise fire wood taken from our own woodland.

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For more information about The Forest Cottages call Paul and Michelle on 01686 621 821

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