Providing A Green Travel Destination is our Business

We want our guests to book with us, safe in the knowledge that the farm is striving to achieve a carbon nutral status in every aspect of the business.

As part of the the Farm’s commitment to reducing its carbon footprint, we have introduced a range of technologies and practical measures to ensure that your stay with us, does not cost the earth.

A Salt Water Hot Tub is now available to book with the Granary, the water is heated and pumps run by our solar panels, using salt instead of chlorine provides our guests with a safe alternative to chlorine and water is then used for plant irrigation.

OUR MISSION

To provide you with luxury accommodation that does not cost the earth!

GREEN STATEMENT

Our Environmental Responsibility
At Oaks Barn Farm, we constantly challenge ourselves to provide the right environment for our guests. To achieve this we source Locally whenever possible and encourage our guests to do the same.  Our Biomass fuel is from renewable sources and has eliminated the reliance of fossil fuel for all of our heating requirements.

We also realise the need to protect our natural environment and, as such, we place huge importance on the management of these precious resources. Over time, we have been implementing policies and systems designed to reduce the impact we have on our natural environment.

Water Conservation
We continue to reduce the volumes of water used by the introduction of fittings and equipment that eliminates the excessive use of water. These measures include water-efficient showerheads and toilet cisterns.

We have a septic tank with feather drains to minimise the requirement to dispose of human waste.

A Salt Water Hot Tub is now available to book with the Granary, the water is heated and pumps run by our solar panels, using salt instead of chlorine provides our guests with a safe alternative to chlorine and water is then used for plant irrigation.

In house Laundry

All of our linen is Washed on site we do not use tumble dryers instead we have a dedicated drying room which uses surplus heat from our Biomass plant room, This considerably reduces our transport costs taking linen off site to be processed and lessens our carbon footprint.

Energy Conservation

In November 2013 we comissioned our Solar installation which generates power for the farmhouse and exports surplus power back to the National Grid.  This produces a third of our annual consumption.
We have installed energy efficient lighting throughout our accommodation and solar lighting to the external areas of the site. We monitor energy usage and have implemented systems to reduce wastage. The positive consequences of this are that there is a reduction of carbon into the atmosphere by the more efficient use of energy.

All rooms have thermostatically controlled radiators to adjust the temperature of each room according to need.

Recycling
Launched in 2008, our waste management programme directs our waste from landfill towards “Reduce, Re-use and Recycle”. We are now extracting glass, cardboard, newspapers and aluminium cans from our waste streams .

Wine Bottles & Jam jars are recycled on site for re use in our wine and jam making processes.

Food wase is composted and meat products are fed to our dog.

Smoke Free Zone
Since 1st May, 2008, smoking is prohibited in all indoor areas at Oaks Barn Farm.

The primary purpose of the prohibition is to afford protection to staff and the public who are exposed to harmful environmental tobacco smoke. We respectfully ask all our guests to comply with this request.

Locally Sourced Food

A selection of our own meats are available to purchase directly from the farm, these include Sausage, pork & Lamb

We have many excellent Farm Shops selling locally producesd food these are promoted on our web site.

We grow our own fruit, vegetables and meats, Our eggs are from our own free range chickens and our animal foods are locally sourced.

We support rare breeds including British Saddleback Pigs Gloucester Old Spot & British Lop eared pigs.

What can you do?
During your stay you could help too by doing the following…
Turn off all lights when leaving your room.
Turn off the TV when leaving your room. Remember, leaving a TV on standby uses energy too.
If your room is hot, turn the heating down (or ask us to) before opening windows.
If your room is cold, check for open windows and turn up your radiator Thermostat

Don’t throw/take away the glass water bottles, we recycle and re-use these.
Place towels that need changing in the bath/shower. If you wish to re-use towels place them on the towel rails.

Save water

Only boil the water you need

Please don’t flush non-biodegradable materials (use bins provided for nappies, sanitary towels etc.)

Compost your waste using the bins provided

Shop locally to support the local economy

Thank you ever for helping to achieve our environmental goals.

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