Tewin Bury Farm Green Policy
To operate a business that is aware of environmental issues and strives to reduce its environmental impact.
- To reduce our environmental impact via careful monitored energy use: the management of water, implementing ethical cleaning supplies and source where practicably possible from local suppliers.
- To reduce the contribution to landfill waste as the business grows and expands through a culture of recycling.
- An awareness and minimisation for both light and sound pollution.
- To use local craftsmen to help maintain the ambiance of a working farm.
- To communicate and educate the hotel team on their individual contribution to the hotels Green Policy. Create and build a new and exciting ‘Green Culture’.
- To encourage guests to become part of the ‘green culture’ at Tewin Bury Farm by communicating ways in which they can contribute.
- To fully comply with legislation and the law, and be proactive with relation to government environmental guidelines.
Our Estate Manager is a keen environmentalist who took on the task of ensuring Tewin Bury Farm became as sustainable as possible beginning with the hotel’s bore hole. With a rich source of natural water 65m beneath the hotel, a bore hole was drilled down removing water which is passed through a filtering system, supplied by Eco Pure Waters and now supplies pure water to the hotel, served in recycled, re-useable glass bottles, saving the cost & transportation of 21,000 bottles of water per year.
In every department bins have been installed to be filled with dry mixed recycling consisting of plastic packaging hard & soft, plastic cups, drink cans, cardboard boxes, newspapers, magazines, metal. These are emptied into our 1100 kilo bins, collected and transferred to a recycling centre along with glass and cardboard, all to be fully recycled.
Green Bins for bio-degradable products are also located around all departments and are collected in corn starch bags and redistributed into 1100 kilo wheelie bins, collected on a weekly basis by a vehicle which runs on bio-fuel, giving a boost to the schemes sustainability. The product goes through a rigorous Anaerobic Digestion (AD) system which is then turned into organic fertilizer which goes back onto the land and also produces electricity which is fed back into the national grid.
Red bins are used for general waste; general waste has rapidly declined in weight due to the recycling segregation system. The general waste is transferred to an incineration plant which is recycled to energy.
All garden waste is composted on site & all our kitchen oil is collected by a local supplier for recycling.
With all of these procedures in place Tewin Bury Farm are extremely proud to announce that at the beginning of 2013 they became one of Hertfordshire’s first Zero to Landfill!!
This is a huge topic of news around the world and Tewin Bury Farm are trying to contribute towards lowering carbon emissions. A complimentary shuttle bus is offered to local businesses whereby their guests can leave their own cars on site and travel to and from their place of work. The shuttle bus seats 14 passengers and can therefore save up to 14 additional vehicles being on the road!
We have an electric powered passenger buggy which encourages guests to park their cars and either walk or use the buggy to make their way around the large site.
Bicycles are available to use free of charge for leisurely bike rides around the grounds or for business guests to cycle to work and leave their cars behind.
Our popular onsite restaurant uses local produce where possible. The menu is based on seasonal flavours sourced from local counties with some food sourced within Tewin Bury Farm itself: trout from their own lakes and herbs grown around the site in various locations.
Coming soon: With the ever increasing popularity of electric vehicles, Tewin Bury are in the process of installing an electric car charging point, they don’t expect to be inundated with customers to begin with however this is clearly the way forward and Tewin Bury we like to be prepared.
All hotel lighting, where safe to do so, has been replaced with low energy light bulbs and where possible in public areas is now controlled by motion detectors. Light controlled key cards have been installed in newly refurbished bedrooms.
The entire hotel heating is on a seasonal and daily timer system. The heating is switched off when bedrooms are not in use and during the summer months.
We switch off and unplug any electrical item when not in use
As we continue with our upgrade and refurbishment, the Hotel sources energy efficient products. All air conditioning units are part of the government scheme ECA in conjunction with the carbon trust.
We encourage our guests to reuse towel and bed linen
Education is the key - we hold periodic communication meetings with the hotel team on our commitment to environmental issues. Recycling results published and targets set. An internal audit is carried out to encourage commitment.
We have been awarded compliance awards from both Green Star and Crawleys for our commitment to green issues. We re currently working towards hotel compliance to the ‘green tourism’ award scheme.
We have recently invested in a full Solar Panel system on our new “Meadow Barn”, these panels produce 50 kw of electricity which is enough to cover our basic energy usage in the hotel.