Lambriggan Court Sustainability Policy
We believe that we all have a responsibility to care for and protect the environment in which we live hence as owners and guests at this location we try and encourage everyone to be involved in thinking green.
A summary sheet of these practices can be found in the visitor guest packs located in each property.
Solar panels were installed summer of 2022, which provide electricity for various locations around Lambriggan Court, as well as a battery storage system and an EV charging point located in the car park for guest use. Two of our cottages are heated using a ground source heat exchange system, and three of our five cottages and our house have heating systems in the form of wood burners (which use wood from our own sustainable woodlands). We seek to reduce the amount of energy used as much as possible hence lights and electrical items of equipment are switched off when not in use and not left on stand-by. Energy consumption and efficiency of new products is taken into account at the purchasing stage. Our light bulbs are low energy ones and our external lights are of the PIR type. Guests are encouraged to switch off lights when leaving the property and to close windows when the heating is on.
Many guests enjoy walking/cycling and leaving their car behind. Bikes can be hired locally or guests bring their own which can safely be stored in our courtyard shed. There are delightful walks directly from Lambriggan, and maps of routes are available in each cottage. A bus stop is at the end of our lane and we encourage guests to explore Cornwall by bus. Timetables can be found in each cottage showing bus times to Newquay and Redruth (route 88, www.gocornwallbus.co.uk). Many guests like to take advantage of the £2 cap on fares, which is advertised in the guest information packs.
Our own fresh hen and duck eggs are available every day for guests to help themselves to. In our welcome pack we provide chocolate brownies made in the neighbouring village of Mithian (1.5 miles away), and a bottle of juice made from apples grown in our own orchards (produced in conjunction with The Kehelland Trust). We decant milk into small, reusable, washable, glass milk bottles which are left in cottage fridges.
We have our own water supply from our own borehole. Water is a precious commodity – we ask guests to turn off the tap when brushing teeth, not to leave taps running unnecessarily and to let us know if there are any issues with dripping taps.
Local produce / local people
We source as much produce locally as possible and encourage guests to do so as well. Shopping bags are re-usable and we try to buy products with a minimal of packaging.
Information in our guest information file encourage use of local shops in Perranporth, St Agnes and Goonhavern including:
Mr Fruity (for fruit and veg & this is also a refill store) Goonhavern Goonhavern Garden Centre, Newquay Rd, Goonhavern
Chapman’s Butchers, 45 St Piran’s Rd, Perranporth.
Pre order from “The Cornish Food Box” for home delivery – www.thecornishfodboxcompany.co.uk (01872 211533)
We also aim to use local trades people for all work at Lambriggan.
Some of the rugs in the cottages have been made using the wool from our own sheep. Our own grass-fed lamb is also available for guests to purchase (sheep are taken to a small local abattoir for slaughter and butchering, keeping food miles to a minimum).
Chemical and washing
We try as much as possible only to use environmentally friendly cleaning chemicals and re-usable cloths. The majority of cleaning chemicals are bought in bulk and decanted into standard sized bottles as required.
External drying of washing is done as much as possible to reduce the amount of time that the tumble drier is used.
Guests are encouraged to re-cycle waste/rubbish and there is information in each cottage stating where the bins are and what to put where. External bins are clearly labelled and located in a clean, covered area secured by a gate. The bin area is checked at least twice a week and the rubbish removed on a Sunday to its collection point at the end of our lane or to our green recycling bin at the top of our laundry room steps. Our commercial waste partner is Biffa which was chosen because of its ambitious sustainability targets (www.biffa.co.uk/sustainability).
When rubbish does have to be taken to the local tip it is carefully segregated into different categories.
The majority of bookings are made on line reducing the need to print out information. Back up information is held in a paper diary. Toilet rolls are made from 100% re-cycled paper and purchased in bulk.
Flowers for the cottages are grown in our gardens and are picked freshly before the arrival of guests.
The Countryside Code
Respect; Protect; Enjoy.
This code helps us all to protect plants and animals and for you to keep safe.
Remember to close gates behind you, don’t block paths or driveways when parking, follow signs and keep to marked paths and be considerate to everyone you pass. Respect all animals, respect property and don’t leave litter behind.
19 January 2023 (version 8) FMC