We are proud to call ourselves a green business and continue to develop our environmental status; often with the help of the Sustainable Development Team in the Peak Park and also currently with University of Sheffield Archaeology Department. Our work has been showcased in Derbyshire Life and also on local radio stations promoting such events as "mud stomps" to raise awareness for the roundhouse.
Achievements so far:
Energy graphs for guests for usage awareness.
OIL: Smart heating with external sensors to guage when main central heating system activates.
SUN: Air to air heat source pumps in the Hibbert, Peach and Sun room to ensure quick response with minimum output.
ELECTRICITY: Sun tubes in dark areas. Automatic dusk sensor response lighting at entrances and auto- timed delay. Separated lighting banks to reduce multi-use of bulbs in some areas. Low energy light bulbs.
WATER: Rainwater harvesting for WC flushing to minimise impact.
WILDLIFE: We have a butterfly area teaming with life.
CULINARY USE: Herb beds, vegetables, fruit trees and soft fruit areas have reduced fresh food bills, local sourcing where feasible.
WELLBEING: Sensory areas of planting to aid recovery and experience. Woodland development. The introduction of animals into the field to enhance guest experience.
Iron Age round house development with iron age kiln, the build of which is almost complete.
Information development and KS1 & KS2 lesson plan.
Poly tunnel project with a view to garden development and "Pop-Up" garden centre.
Iron Age Round House:
The Iron Age Round House is planned to form a peaceful space for individuals and groups to enjoy.
Currently the Round House is an ongoing project. The aim is to build an authentic Iron Age Round House using traditional techniques and materials. Encouraging collaboration and research. With the participants in the build currently including: The Nightingale Staff, A Number of Guests, Students from Hope Valley College, Pupils from Great Hucklow School, Members of Peak District Young Archaeologists, Archaeology students from Sheffield University and various other volunteer.
Wildflower and gardening workshops promoting the Peak District and the art of growing produce.
Cycling in the Peaks, linking to new local cycle trails with facilities and equipment for cyclists.
Apiary development to produce local honey and promote bees and bee population in the area.
Bird stations and nesting boxes to encourage wildlife.