We want to do all we can to preserve the countryside around us. Over the past 25 years we have planted hundreds of native trees both in our garden and on our land to encourage the birds into the garden. We tidy the garden in Spring, leaving the berries and seeds on the plants for the birds to eat. We leave wood piles around the garden for the use of hibernating small animals. There are a variety of nest boxes located around the farm. We have noticed a huge increase in the number of wildlife in the area due to both our efforts and that of the farm next door since it became organic some 6 years ago.
We have converted our stables to a very high environmental specification; the heating is efficient and the insulation conforms to the very latest building regulations. The building is built of Ham stone and is Grade 2 listed. The conversion is sympathetic to the surroundings and wood has been reused or repaired as much as possible to conserve as much of the character of the old building as possible. Any extra wood that was needed in the conversion was sourced locally from a tree surgeon operating around Crewkerne.
We have a wood burner in our dining room, which nearly heats the whole house in Winter. It is usually lit for breakfast (in winter). The wood for the log burner is collected from our own hedges, garden and woods. The water from the taps is from our own spring, it is UV treated to ensure it is safe.
There are refillable shower gel and shampoo dispensers in the bathrooms for your use. We use toiletries from Gilchrist and Soames BeeKind collection which contain food-grade, naturally derived glycerin; natural conditioning agents from honey and the Brassica plant; and soybean and cottonseed oil, instead of petrochemicals. The BeeKind™ formulations are also free of any artificial colours or dyes and supports honey bee and sustainable pollination research by donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales to the Honey Bee Research Program.