Ferndale Flat, Shropshire Self Catering

The Ferndale Holiday Flat

Green Tourism

There is a welcome increase in awareness of “green” issues – how to reduce the damage caused by fossil fuels, for example – and we are doing our best to be a environmentally-friendly as possible.  We joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme in 2014 and our assessor made a very thorough inspection of the Ferndale Holiday Flat, its construction details and our application of green policies.  The result was that we just qualified for their top award – Gold – but there’s more work to be done to hold on to this grade.

Our strengths include:

  • the timber construction of the building
  • low energy lighting
  • water flow restrictors on the taps and shower
  • dual-flush loo
  • re-use of rainwater
  • recycling encouraged via readily available bins
  • organic waste is composted
  • high levels of insulation, including low-loss glazing
  • solar water heating
  • solar electricity generation
  • good controls on the heating
  • mains electricity from a 100% renewable supplier
  • eco-friendly cleaning products
  • the promotion of local suppliers
  • use of recycled and fairtrade products
  • re-use of some second-hand furniture and white goods

Things to do to improve include:

  • monitor energy consumption more closely
  • get feedback from guests on our eco-friendly policies
  • set up a process for off-setting the impact of guests’ travel
  • replace more CF bulbs with LEDs
  • set targets for more recycling and less non-recyclable rubbish
  • press Shropshire Council to collect cardboard for recycling
  • encourage local suppliers of, for example, ready meals to use recyclable containers
  • install a charge point for electric cars
  • encourage more use of public transport (but there’s only one bus per fortnight!)
  • increase the range of recyclable and fairtrade products
  • continue to promote local suppliers (eg so guests bring fewer goods from their home supermarkets)

Your comments?

Please send us your views, comments and suggestions on our promotion of green tourism: wendy@brogden.info

Please click here to see our Green Policy

Wendy Brogden
July 2014

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Ferndale, Shipton, Much Wenlock, Shropshire TF136LB
01584 841649