Sustainability Policy

We love where we live and want guests of Nature’s Nest to be able to experience The Wye Valley for themselves, when they come for a stay in our luxury safari tents. The Wye Valley is regarded as one of the finest lowland landscapes in Britain and is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). The River Wye at the bottom of the site is also a listed Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). It is naturally beautiful, but we do our best to nurture it and keep it at its best.

We feel blessed to live in such a special location and we have strived to be as sustainable and eco-friendly as possible by:

  • Complying with all relevant environmental regulations and legislation.
  • Reducing our consumption of resources including energy, water, and other raw materials, and improving the efficient use of the any resources we do consume.
  • Using electricity generated on site by the farm’s anaerobic digester, if you want to know more, walk up and read the sign next to it.
  • Using coppiced wood from our own woodland which is dried to 15% moisture content in the farms kiln dryer.
  • Encouraging guests to recycle and compost food waste with clear instructions of what can be recycled and making it as easy as possible.
  • Using environmentally friendly chemicals for cleaning and guests use.
  • Ensuring the environmental, social, and ethical impacts of the goods and services we buy are considered. For example; suppling guests with Who Gives a Crap toilet paper – made from more eco-friendly bamboo and the company donates 50% of its profits to supply toilet facilities in developing countries.
  • Providing guest food hampers from within a 6-mile radius and always sourcing local first and eco-friendly, whenever possible.
  • Implementing biodiversity initiatives on site, with wildflower restoration plan and new native hedgerows to encourage a broader range of pollinators, insects and butterflies.
  • Providing our guests with information on the local wildlife and habitats.
  • Gaining Silver Green Tourism accreditation and improving our green initiatives wherever possible in our business.
  • Regularly looking at what we do already and consider how we can change to do more. We recently won the Eco-friendly Business of the Year in the Herefordshire Business Award 2022, which shows that we are on the right track.

 

We would love it if you could participate in that with us.

Here’s a few bits you can do…

#SUPPORTLOCAL

Where you can please use local products and services. They give you a flavour of the area and help support our communities. We are fortunate to have some great producers of food and drink in Herefordshire and the surrounding counties.

Do visit The Cottage of Content (Carey) or The Loughpool (Sellack) these are both awarding winning local pubs and some of our favourites.

We encourage you to visit a neighbouring family farm for fresh free-range eggs from Kilforge Farm and fresh milk vending machine and milkshakes at Merrimilk.

Pengethley Farm Shop has a large variety of local produce and is on most people journey to Nature’s Nest. Being in Herefordshire we can’t not mention a great cider, Westons Cider is a great day out for all the family.

FOLLOW THE COUNTRYSIDE CODE

Please respect the local community and other people using the outdoors. Remember your actions can affect people’s lives and livelihoods. If you’re unsure familiarise yourself with the code here.

EXPLORING BY CAR

We encourage you during your stay to leave the car parked and explore on foot locally as there is a wonderful network of footpaths straight from Nature’s Nest. If you want to travela little further, why not hire one of our e-bikes, they are good fun and make an exciting day out. There is an OS Explorer Map for your use.

SAVE PRECIOUS RESOURCES

Utilities are included during your stay but please think about the environment and turn off lights when not being used – keeping light levels to a minimum will help our resident bats and insects to flourish. The water here is safe to drink so there is no need to buy plastic bottles of drinking water.

We are not on mains drains but have a septic tank which breaks down waste in an environmentally sensitive way so we need to be careful what goes down the sink and the toilet. We use environmentally-friendly cleaning products and ask that you refrain from putting anything other than number 1’s and 2’s with our eco bamboo toilet paper down the loo! Please place everything else in the bin provided.

Signed: S THOMAS

Owner

Reviewed: February 2023

This policy will be reviewed regularly to evaluate its continued relevance and to monitor our progress.