Since opening 17 we have been aware of improving our foot print, but not reducing the service offered. We started wtih some low energy lamps, some double glazing and recycled. However in 2008 we decided to take the bull by the horns and make a concerted effort. This resulted in the award of a Silver level rating by the Green Tourism Business Scheme.We continue to develop our green and sustainable credentials but have now withdrawn from the GTBS.
We have extended the use of low energy lamps, increased insulation in the lofts, fitted double glazing where possible and put secondary double glazing in other rooms. All our cleaning and domestic products are now eco friendly. Wherever possible we use local suppliers for all produce,vegetables, muesli, bacon, sausages, eggs and we make our own bread and cakes ,most of the time, and marmalade. We also filter our own water. We have increased our recycling to include cardboard, paper, plastic, ink cartridges and glass. We recycle some garden waste on site but send some with the rest of our recycling.
The timers on the boilers are altered to suit the weather conditions and the thermostats on the radiators kept low. We ask guests to assist us by closing windows, turning down thermostats, turning electrical appliances off when not in use including lights and reusing towels where possible.
The garden is designed to be wildlife friendly and work on this continues.
We encourage guests to consider the use of public transport during their stay .
A drying room is available for both walkers and cyclists and we provide storage and wash off facilities for bikes.We are proud that Pickering has Walkers are Welcome status and support this initiative.
Pickering is also a FairTrade Towm and we do carry a range of fairtrade products
We welcome guests suggestions for other opportunities of which we could take advantage.