The Grange Country House - looking after our environment
The Grange Country House enjoys a lovely elevated position on the outskirts of Keswick. The property was built in around 1850, there have been various extensions and modifications since this time but the property remains a fine example of a large Victorian home. Now operating as a Country Guest House, we have 11 letting bedrooms, all with en-suite facilities together with a guest lounge and dining room.
We enjoy our beautiful surroundings and are committed to protecting them, by seeking and implementing practices which reduce waste and conserve energy, we also recognise that we have a responsibility to communicate this issue to our guests. We aim to minimise our environmental impact through the following policies:
- To audit, identify and monitor the significant environmental impacts of our activities.
- To develop methods of reducing our environmental impact.
- To comply with relevant legislation and regulations, relating to our environmental impact.
- To prevent pollution and minimise our inputs of utilities and resources. We will endeavour to reduce our carbon emissions, reduce waste to disposal facilities and recycle wherever possible.
- To communicate our policy, ensure it is understood by our staff and that appropriate information is given to our guests
- To reduce food miles; buying local, seasonal produce wherever possible and to encourage our suppliers to adopt a responsible approach to environmental issues.
- To support overseas trade and communities by buying produce from Fair Trade sources.
- To work with local organisations and government bodies to communicate, co-operate, lobby and respond to environmental issues.
- To achieve continual improvements in our environmental performance.
Steps We are Currently Taking
and composting: All of our juice cartons, plastic and glass bottles,
paper and card are recycled. We have a composting
system for any raw food peelings, coffee grounds, teabags and eggshells
and all green waste from the garden.
A recycling bin is on the
lobby half way up the stairs. Please pop any of your recyclables
in here for us to sort.
miles: We try to reduce food miles as much as we can and
have a policy of buying our milk, yoghurts, free-range
eggs, bacon, sausages, black pudding and as many miscellaneous
items as possible from local producers. There is an emphasis upon
Protecting producers overseas: We are members
of the Keswick Fair Trade Group and buy Fair Trade goods whenever
we can. We are proud
and supportive of the positive effect that this organisation
and their accreditation system has on producers and their environment
in the third world.
- We ask you to let us know which towels you
would like to be replaced by popping them in the bath or shower
need changing and
leaving them on the towel rail or radiator if you’d be happy
to re-use them. We reduce tumble drying by ‘pegging out’ our
clean towels to dry every day that the sun is out!
- We have replaced
most traditional light bulbs with low energy replacements.
showers have now been installed in most bedrooms. This will reduce wasted water in achieving constant
flow and adequate temperature.
- We have begun to introduce systems
which reduce heat loss, such as double glazing. Six of the large old windows have now been replaced with top quality double glazed units. This work is ongoing.
Protecting and enhancing the
environment: We are members of the Tourism and Conservation Partnership
which works with local tourism
businesses to encourage our visitors to contribute towards protecting
and enhancing this lovely landscape. This year we are raising funds
to support their 'Fix the Fells' work. We would be grateful if you
would consider making a contribution towards the work of the Tourism
and Conservation Partnership – there is a collection box
in the lobby – alternatively you can make a contribution
and gift aid it via your bill.
Use of biodegradable chemicals: Almost all of our cleaning agents
are neutral detergents and we use as little as possible. We do not use aerosol sprays for any of
our cleaning products. In order to protect our Lakes we use non-bio phosphate free washing powder.
Community Involvement: Local organisations we
work with in order to achieve an Environmental Policy and influence
local policy include:
- Keswick Fair Trade initiative
- Tourism and Conservation Project
- Cumbria Business Environment
- Local Agenda 21
- Allerdale Borough Council
Future Developments: In the future, we will use the skills of
qualified environmental assessors, together with our own investigations
and suggestions from both staff and guests in order to continually
reduce our carbon emissions and reduce our environmental impact.