Our Approach to the Environment

Here at Bluebell Croft the approach to environmental issues is simple. Wherever possible, every effort is made to reduce negative impact on the environment. This starts at the big things like wind turbines, solar panels and biomass heating systems, but extends all the way down to small things like use of Eco friendly washing and cleaning products, organic vegetables and using no pesticides or artificial fertilisers.

It is an ongoing project, learning, implementing, observing and recording; if it works adopting and moving on to the next thing. It is fun to do, rewarding and is the only way that we can live in harmony alongside the plants and animals we share this world with!

Click here to see our Carbon Footprint Certificate for 2016

As individuals and as a business we are deeply committed to both living  life and running the business in a sustainable way. This is an ongoing and continuous programme of improvement.

The following is a list of things achieved and aimed for in order to make Bluebell Croft both an environmentally friendly place to visit and live, and to provide information to guests who are themselves interested in making their lives and in particular their holidays low impact.

 

The croft uses no oil but utilises local wood for all hot water and central heating. This is supplemented by passive solar heating.

A 70kw log burner using sustainable timber is burnt to produce heat which is stored in insulated hot water tanks holding 3,000 litres.

As the self catering houses require heat or hot water this is sent to the houses on demand.

There is a 5kw Evance wind turbine to supplement use of electricity. The electricity  purchased is from Ecotricity, an energy company committed to renewables and sustainable power.

  • The self-catering houses and my own house are insulated to a very high standard with an energy efficiency rating is Band B at 87 points compared to an average of Band D and 61 points for Scotland as a whole. The  CO2 rating is Band A at 111 points compared to Band D and 59 points for Scotland as a whole.

  • All light bulbs and appliances are wherever possible chosen to be A++ rated for efficiency.

  • Waste to landfill is reduced by separating waste and recycling as much as is possible. All compostable waste which includes almost all paper and cardboard is composted on site and used in the vegetable garden.

  • All cleaning products including cloths and chemicals are carefully chosen not to damage the environment. Eco soaps, washing powders, dishwasher tablets  and cleaning products are all sourced as locally as possible to reduce travel miles.

  • There are number of water saving features built into the houses and encourage low use by our guests.

  • Vegetables and fruit are grown on the Croft as well as keeping ducks and hens to provide eggs. When seasonal, food from our Croft is available to our guests.

  • Tea, coffee, jams, sugar, wines, bread, scones and other items provided for our guests are wherever possible Fairtrade products (www.fairtrade.org.uk/), produced by ourselves or from local organic sources.

  • Apart from growing crops organically, there are 6 acres of land that are managed at Bluebell. This management is done in a way to encourage biodiversity and there are several wildlife ponds, dozens of bird feeders,  many bird nesting boxes, bee hotels. All work on the Croft is done to encourage wildlife and minimise environmental impact.

  • Energy use, water use, occupancy rates, use of timber for burning and other key factors that will in time help us to further reduce our environmental impact are all monitored.

  • Bluebell Croft is a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (www.green-tourism.com/) and has achieved a Gold Standard since 2013.

  •  Information is provided for guests to help them have a great holiday but also reduce their own impact on the environment. This includes public transport information, things to do locally that do not need cars, walking, cycling etc.