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Green Policy Long Summary

New Foot and Mouth Case ConfirmedIf you care about the environment and are interested in doing your bit to help our planet, take an eco holiday by staying with us at Fuller’s Hill Cottages.

 

We should all do our bit to reduce our impact on the environment by making a few simple changes to our lifestyle. So the next time you head off on holiday, think green. Your Green Coordinator is Jenny. If you have any questions during your stay, please call her on 07544 208959.

 

 

 

 

Environmental Policy

Here at Fuller’s Hill Cottages, we are committed to sustainability and to providing a good quality service whilst minimising the environmental impact or our activities. A symbol of this commitment is our membership of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. The scheme provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to reduce the environmental impact of their activities. By encouraging sustainable practices the scheme ensures the continued enjoyment of the environment around us for future generations.

Examples of the main steps we have taken to reduce our impact are below:

IMG_2001• Installation of 60kw solar panels which provides all the power for the apartments

• Making sure existing hedgerows are managed to encourage nesting birds, small animals and wild flowers

• We encourage our visitors to tell us about any wildlife sighting they have so we can record it on our blogs

• We have an eco-friendly ground source heat pump, sourcing heat from beneath the ground of the car park

• We have excellent natural and renewable insulation and double glazed units throughout the cottages. Renewable because it is hemp-core and wood-fibre which are produced from renewable sources

RED-ADMIRAL• We recycle glass, plastic, metal and paper, ink cartridges and nespresso capsules

• We use environmentally friendly cleaning products

• We encourage sustainable tourism by providing information on walking and cycling both in Waresley Wood and the surrounding fields

• We promote the use of local produce and supplies for our breakfast hampers and supper boxes. The food and drink mainly coming from the local Farm Shop

• We coppice the hedgerows for our fire wood which allows the hedgerows to re-grow. These are cropped every 20 years in a managed way

• All kitchen appliances have an energy rating A or B throughout the apartments

• All the lighting in the apartments are LED, and the exterior lighting is on a dusk timer so that they turn off at midnight

  • We have initiated local fundraising and increased our community involvement and spirit with our annual charity airshow, our wildlife & nature photo competition in collaboration with The RSPB and MacMillan coffee morning
  • We are continually collaborating with local businesses to help support the local economy, help reduce fuel consumption and help promote Green Tourism

We value the opinion and suggestions of our guests. You can tell us directly or use the feedback form provided. Thank you.

Green Tourism Business Scheme

Green-TourismThe Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), originally developed in partnership with VisitScotland, encourages tourism businesses to be environmentally friendly, whether they be hotels or guest houses, bed and breakfasts or self-catering or visitor attractions. The GTBS has over 700 members, all of whom are rigorously assessed and given a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award, depending on the level of energy-efficiency they achieve. Members are encouraged to introduce measures which are designed to lessen the impact of their business on the environment. These can be as diverse as using low-energy light bulbs or corridor lights which go on when people approach, having local produce on menus, or promoting wildlife walks and cycle hire in their area. When you next go away on holiday, book GTBS-accredited properties, and then relax in the knowledge that you’re staying in the best and most environmentally-friendly accommodation in the country.

History

The main barns were constructed in 1840. In its former years the farm was mixed arable and cattle, today the farm is solely arable. The farm was taken over by the Jefferies family in the 1920s – the arable farm produces wheat (milling and feed) Barley for beer, rape for cooking oils and occasionally linseed and beans. The Little Gransden Airfield was started by Leonard Jefferies in 1963, today his sons Mark and John farm the land and manage the airfield. The airfield is a base for vintage and classic aircraft, some of which are the only ones of type in Europe, a flying museum with all aircraft privately owned aircraft. Our four stylishly renovated self catering apartments have been transformed from a historic barn dating back to the 1840s. Fullers Hill Cottages are located on a working farm and airfield in the south Cambridgeshire countryside – 12 miles from Cambridge and 50 miles from London. Two apartments accommodate four people and two apartments can accommodate up to six (using sofa beds). With stylish interior design they have been furnished to a high standard. 

Children in Need Airshow and Classic car Show is staged annually on the last Sunday of August, this is a very popular family event.

Exterior Barns2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Restoration of the buildings

The renovation of the 1840 barn was grant aided by the Rural Development Plan for England (RDPE) which is funded by DEFRA and the EU. The project is being delivered through DEFRA. The buildings stood largely redundant for 30 years. Parts of the Tack Room were used as store rooms and staff rest rooms during the 1970’s. More recently part of the Tack Room was used as a workshop and paint spraying area. The Stables, The Hayloft and The Old Dairy were used to store what was basically junk. In the 1960’s both of the farm’s combine harvesters were kept over winter in The Old Dairy. This seems hard to believe when you see the size of a modern Combine. The aim of the restoration was to bring the buildings back into use combining modern technology with traditional building techniques to retain the character of the buildings. The Interior design is ultra-modern. The apartments have under floor heating powered by a ground source heat pump which also provides the hot water for the complex. Wood fibre and Hemp-core insulation have been used in the buildings which has resulted in an energy efficiency rating of B. The buildings always had a certain degree of natural ventilation (they were used to house Horse and Livestock). This feature has been retained as the materials used are fully breatheable, such as the insulation materials and the lime plaster. The apartments use as much natural light as possible and add to this by using low energy LED lighting where possible.

NEW – We now have two further renovated cottages to share with guests; The Granary and Apple Cottage.

Stables livingOur Apartments feature

  • Fully equipped kitchen
  • Flat screen 3D TV with internet access – skype, email, youtube, bbc iPlayer etc.
  • Free view channels
  • Blueray DVD player
  • Free WI-FI in all apartments
  • Hair dryer Iron and ironing board
  • Separate self service laundry facilities and freezer
  • Under floor heating supplied by ground source heat pump eco friendly
  • Duck and down pillows and duvets dressed with Egyptian cotton bed linen
  • Free Parking
  • Cot bed and high chair available
  • Strictly non smoking
  • Cleaning service available
  • Disabled friendly apartment
  • Communal garden area with BBQ facilities and Hot Tub!NEW – Two private gardens also with hot tubs!

Pond 3Local History

The village’s name is derived from ‘valley of a man named Granta or Grante’. It was spelled Grantandene in 973 and Grante(s)dene in the 1086 Domesday book. Woodland was important in the settlement’s early history; there was enough to support 60 pigs in 1086. By 1251, a large area of woodland in the south-east of the parish had been split into Hayley Wood and Littlehound Wood (the latter no longer exists, but the shape can still be seen in field boundaries). Little Gransden village evolved as an offshoot of Great Gransden. The church and manor house of the abbey of Ely face Great Gransden across the low-lying land along Home Dole Brook; the village grew southwards from a street alongside the brook. There were 56 inhabited houses in 1666, but the number had dropped to 38 by 1801. By 1961 there were 84 houses. Due to its isolated location, there were no inns in the village until 1800, though by the 1840s there were four (the Sun in Church Lane, the Chequers, the Double Chequers at Mill Hill and the Hardwicke Arms). In 1834, the overseer of the poor considered that an excess of beer-houses may have been partly responsible for recent problems. Only the Chequers was left after 1967. Despite the heaviness of the soil, most of the parish land has been used mainly for arable farming. It was cultivated in three open fields until parliamentary enclosure in 1814. High, flat land in the east of the parish was hard to drain before mechanisation and was usually used for pasture and as the village common. In 1940, after the outbreak of World War II, the area was made into an airfield, called Gransden Lodge Airfield. It was in operational use from 1941 to 1946 but was unoccupied after 1948 and then sold off. Since October 1991 it has been the home of the Cambridge Gliding Centre.

Suppliers

Ecover cleaning products:

Ecover has been manufacturing environmentally friendly cleaning products for 30 years and with the thumbs up from the Good Housekeeping Institute, you know they will do their job. These are effective, no nasties cleaning products made from plant-based and mineral ingredients, which makes them superbly ecological as well as excellent for sensitive skin. The products themselves originate from Ecover’s unique, world-famous factories where sustainability is at the very core, constantly innovating and pushing boundries to create new and more effective products that have minimum impact on the environment, so you really can feel good cleaning.

My Personal Sanctuary:

MPS-006As our leading Visiting Spa Service, My Personal Sanctuary loves being organic! Because they passionately care about you and the environment. Today many of us are aware of our environment and are eager to play our part in reducing the human impact on our planet for the better. It has long been known that Mother Earth provides many of the natural ingredients for us to flourish with healthy bodies, live natural lives & benefit from the resources available. Being “Organic” means utilising all the elements provided by the earth without compromising them, such as; eating organic foods, wearing organic clothing, filling our homes with organic furniture & using organic skin care. As part of the trend and movement towards living an organic lifestyle, My Personal Sanctuary believes that in using organic skin care you are balancing your body, mind and spirit, & enhancing the shift in culture toward renewable & sustainable living. They say “The products we use to treat the skin are kind to all skin types (including ageing & allergy ridden skins) because by their very make up they are kind to us and the world around. Optimising natural oils & ingredients, the skin care range we have chosen will not only leave you feeling fabulous without compromising quality, but will harmonise your green conscience & deliver fabulous long term results. The award winning Green People products and Pukka Herbs range are our chosen leading suppliers & have been enjoyed by hundreds of our customers & therapists alike!” · We are proud to promote and use the lovely Neil’s Yard Organic Products · We are working towards a totally paper free office · Some of the members of the team work from home to reduce the carbon footprint · The concept of our business is born from a desire to source therapists as locally as possible to the properties that we work with to support communities.

Woodview Farm Shop:

WoodviewFresh fruit and vegetables in Gamlingay are easy to come by when you visit the Woodview Farm Shop. They offer a wide range of fantastic local and environmentally friendly produce, including: • Fresh Meat – Local meat and free range poultry cut to your requirements by their on site butcher. The beef comes from Wimpole Hall Farm or from the local farmer who farms The River Great Ouse on the flood plains. Their sheep are reared on their own land. • Fruit and Vegetables – Fresh seasonal produce. • Free Range Eggs – Collected from their own flocks. • Homemade Cakes – A range of freshly homemade cakes and preserves made locally. • Deli – Dairy and deli counter, a range of cooked meats and cheeses as well as fresh baked bread daily. • Wine – They now have a fantastic selection of wines from around the world, including organic wine. • Beer – They sell beer from East Anglian breweries and Micro breweries Minuteman Press: They try to be as environmentally friendly as they possibly can. 90% of their papers are FSC certified. All of their waste paper is collected for recycling and all of their empty toner/ink cartridges are sent back to the manufacturer to be reused.

Out of Eden:

Out of Eden supplies the hospitality industry with products for bedrooms and bathrooms from an old farmyard in the Eden Valley. The business was started 17 years ago by Ian & Janet Hartley and now employs 35 local people. We have a holistic approach to business and are mindful of our social, environmental and ethical responsibility. They operate from a new, purpose built warehouse. Designed and built by local contractors the building incorporates energy efficient services. Operationally they aim to reduce our environmental impact by ‘reducing, re-using, recycling’ in every area of the business – from staff participating in a Walk to Work scheme to composting our kitchen waste. They do all they can and have won several awards, the most recent being the Cumbrian Newspaper Group’s green Award in 2013. Their basic principle of Reduce, Re-use, Recycle is embedded in the company and is part of every team member’s induction. The Directors of Out of Eden recognise their responsibility to manage the environmental impact of their activities, products and services. In order to promote good environmental practices throughout the Company, the policy with regard to the environment is as follows:-

1. To identify any effect of its activities on the environment.
2. To comply with relevant environmental legislation and regulation.
3. To minimise the inputs of utilities and resources and the outputs of emissions to the atmosphere, and wastes to disposal facilities; endeavouring to re-use, recover or recycle materials where possible.
4. To ensure that environmental responsibilities are understood at all levels within the Company and provide appropriate training where needed.
5. Where possible to ensure that suppliers understand the Company policy and assist them in developing responsible behaviour with regard to the environment.
6. To strive for continual improvement in environmental performance.

Visitor Attractions

Fuller’s Hill Cottages provide our guests with walking routes and maps through local woods and fields. We also provide cycle routes and we have two bicycles for hire free of charge. Local visiting attractions which are part of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) are as follows:

Whipsnade Zoo

Extras

Breakfast Hampers:

Deluxe Breakfast Hamper at Fuller's Hill Cottages

Ok, so we provide luxury self-catering accommodation, but also, we are now providing you with different and exciting options for breakfast. Yum!

 

If you would like to stay in your jim-jams and have breakfast in your cottage, we are now providing Standard Breakfast Bags and Deluxe Breakfast Hampers.

 

The Standard Breakfast Bag is only £25 (serves 1-4) and includes:

 

Milk

Orange juice

Bread

Eggs

Margarine

Bacon

Tomatoes

Sausages

Baked beans

Cereal

 

The Deluxe Breakfast Hamper is only £45 (serves 1-4) and includes:

 

As above, and also:

Prosecco

Smoked salmon

Lemon

Fruits of the season

Yoghurt

 

Both have to be pre-booked and can be in your fridge upon arrival. If you have special dietary requirements, we will do our best to accommodate them, but we have to be alerted at the time of your booking. Please also let us know how many people your special breakfast will be for and we can ensure that there is enough for everyone. We can accommodate up to 6 people maximum.

 

The majority of the food is locally sourced and produced form the local Farm shop, Woodview.

Supper Box:

Supper Box at Fuller's Hill Cottages

Now introducing our NEW Supper Box!

 

Feeling rushed after a hard days travel or work? Can’t get to the shops? Or just hate shopping?

 

All you have to do when staying here at Fuller’s Hill Cottages is prior to your arrival at Fuller’s Hill Cottages is give us a list of food and drink that you would like. All payable by cash upon delivery, a £10 service charge also applies. We can also arrange to have it in your cottage for your arrival.

 

Even if you are having a dinner party, a family gathering, or are going solo, we can help cater for you.

There is Woodview Farm Shop, which is about 3 miles away and only a short drive away. Very friendly, it sells all good, fresh meat, dairy, and veg, along with chutneys, antipasti, eggs, cakes, beer and wine.

The Co-op Food in Gamlingay is a shorter distance in the same direction. Selling most food and drink along with pharmaceutical goods, sanitary and bathroom products, newspapers, magazines, cards and flowers.

There is a Tesco Extra in Potton, which is about a 7 minute drive away and there is a Sainsbury’s in Biggleswade, which is about a 15 minute drive away.

Family Hamper:

Family HamperOur complimentary Family Hamper contains free Cambridge Life Magazine and Cambridge Business Magazine, grain to feed the geese, frizbee, and a net and bug viewer for pond dipping, all of which promote family focused green activities.

 

 

 

 

Dog Hamper:

IMG_2109Our complimentary Dog Hamper includes a dog blanket, a dog bowl, a ball, a couple of treats and poo bags.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Green Action Plan as at 12/1/16

 

Future plans 2015-2016

  • Conversion of existing barn into further office lets in an environmentally way – completed conversion into a further cottage for rental as at Christmas 2016

 

  • Consider, research and implement the use of a charger in the courtyard for electric vehicles

 

  • Provide local bicycle routes for guests to when using our free bikes during their stay – completed as at Christmas 2016

 

  • Continue to maintain and plant hedgerows and include wild flowers where possible The areas alongside the runway are only cut once a year for wild flowers to grow for butterflies and bees. – completed as ongoing

 

  • Ensure Julie (Housekeeper), our new Housekeeper is environmentally aware – completed; all new staff all environmentally aware

 

  • Continue monitoring flora and fauna in our news blogs – completed as on going

 

  • Provide guests with visitor feedback making special mention of sustainability and environmentally friendly – completed as in welcome folders in each cottage

 

  • Continue to promote physical and spiritual health and wellbeing with My Personal Sanctuary and local walking routes – completed as ongoing

 

  • Source natural shampoos and hygiene products such as soap – completed as ongoing with use of Eco Products

 

  • Continue to monitor electricity and water usage – completed as on going, but currently no previous comparison because of the addition of two new cottages; The Granary and Apple Cottage

 

Green Action Plan as at 09/10/17

Future plans 2017-2018

  • Conversion of existing house next door to Apple Cottage into another holiday rental

 

  • Consider, research and implement the use of a charger in the courtyard for electric vehicles

 

  • Continue to maintain and plant hedgerows and include wild flowers where possible The areas alongside the runway are only cut once a year for wild flowers to grow for butterflies and bees

 

  • Continue monitoring flora and fauna in our news blogs 

 

  • Continue to promote physical and spiritual health and wellbeing with My Personal Sanctuary and local walking routes

 

  • Continue to monitor electricity and water usage

 

 

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