We all have a responsibility to minimise our environmental impact -
The advent of cheap international air travel has had a significant impact on our personal carbon footprints. Those choosing to stay in the UK for their holidays are making a real difference by reducing this. By taking the following steps at Shallow Grange, we are trying to reduce environmental impact even further.
New Shower Block
New for 2010, our renovated shower block has a host of environmentally sensitive benefits. The whole block is heated using a highly efficient thermostatically controlled under floor system, toilets use low volume flushes, solar panels to supplement hot water temperature, 90% efficient heat recovery ventilation system and low energy lighting throughout.
Those using our camping and caravanning facilities are asked to sort their rubbish.All our farm waste is sorted and recycled wherever possible. This makes a considerable difference to your environmental impact, and saves raw materials and landfill space.
We have agreements with a number of local pubs and restaurants, who save their waste cooking oil which we filter, and use to power our farm vehicles, thereby reducing the amount of diesel we consume and in turn reducing our carbon emissions.
We have considerably improved the condition of our heating systems by installing new wood burning stoves in the farmhouse, which reduces our dependency on oil fuelled systems. The stoves are fuelled by locally felled and windfall wood.
To reduce unnecessary power consumption, we have installed “pay as you go” card meters on part of our caravan park, and taken a number of the usual measures to increase efficiency across the site, including the installation of low energy bulbs where possible.
Responsible Land Management
Our land includes significant areas woodland, which we carefully manage to encourage wildlife. For example, in consultation with Peak District National Park, we have recently installed a number of owl and kestrel boxes in our woodland to encourage breeding barn owls and kestrels. Since taking over the farmland, we have stopped using chemical fertilisers, and are moving towards fully organic farming. We hope to achieve full organic status in the future.
We believe we have made significant environmental progress. Future projects include the use of rainwater for toilets, installation of a combined heat and power generation system, and an examination of the geo-thermal and solar potential of the site.
We try to minimise the environmental impact of every activity we perform at the farm, and are excited about future projects which will improve our environmental performance further.