Sustainability

The story so far..

When we created Great Barn Farm as a holiday destination it was important to us to re-use as much as we could of the existing buildings from both a sustainability point of view and to preserve some of the history of the buildings and their former use.

All the accommodation at Great Barn Farm originally formed an integral part of running our farm business. In creating Great Barn Farm as a holiday destination, we re-used and re-purposed materials from the barns themselves as well as other farm buildings, which were no longer in use. Where additional materials were required, we used reclaimed options where possible.

We installed a biomass boiler, which heats all the heated buildings on site and a solar array to help with the inevitable increase in electricity use.

We encourage our guests to help us with out sustainability plan, if you are staying with us have a look at our ‘what you can do to help’ document here. We are currently bronze members of Green Tourism, working toward our silver and gold awards. You can read more about what they do here.


Energy And Water

All heating and hot water and electricity is generated from a biomass boiler using local wood chip and a solar array. We have dual flush toilets in the barns to reduce the water usage and encourage our guests to think responsibly when using water. Our swimming pool is heated by a Calorex heat exchange system which ensures the pool and building are heated efficiently. 


 Sustainable purchasing

We have chosen products for use in the barns from local business where possible and if not the business we use are sustainable in their ethos. Our bathroom products are made locally by Ethica Skincare and were developed for us. Our toilet roll is from Who Gives A Crap who are plastic free and donate a portion of their profits to charities who provide clean water and toilets. Our kitchen products are refillable to save plastic waste and we use sustainable washing up brushes and cloths.


Waste minimisation

We have full recycling available and encourage all our guests to use these including food waste bins for composting by the local authorities. There are recycling bins and food waste bins in all barns. We provide reusable shopping bags in the barns for our guests to use to save using plastic bags.


Biodiversity and Environment

The farm aims to create and maintain biodiversity and wildlife habitats through the Countryside Stewardship Scheme Higher Level. This enables us to conserve and restore wildlife habitats and keep the character of the countryside. We encourage guests to explore the countryside and have nature guides for the little ones to use on their walks. There is a wealth of wildlife in the surrounding countryside including deer, hares, bats, birds, small mammals and even snakes. 


Social Responsibility

We use where possible local businesses to supply our products in the barns and local labour on site for maintenance. We engage our staff in regular training programmes and ensure equal opportunities. We direct our guests via our Touchstay app to local small business, independent shops, pubs, restaurants and other great places close to us to visit helping to support the local economy.


Transport

Public transport is limited where we are so we encourage guests to plan their days out to use cars thoughtfully. We have a number of businesses locally that will hire bikes and drop them off at the barns for guests to use instead of driving.