The Old Kennels Environmental Policy

It is our aim to create as little detrimental impact on our environment as possible.

We appreciate public transport is limited and walking or cycling here is possibly beyond the realms of practicality for most, but if you are coming to a class with friends, please try and car share.

When you stay or take a class here, you will see that we are proudly zero waste, we compost, reuse and recycle keenly and send nothing to landfill, we use natural cleaning products, and do our best to shop ethically and locally. We embrace organic principles with our animals and on our land.

Our large glass roofed garden room works well to passively heat our house, teamed with wood fuel & solar thermal panels to heat our well water. Our wood boiler heats the house, studio and loft.

We have a 4kw photovoltaic solar array and all additional energy is purchased is from renewable sources through Good Energy. There is also an electric car charging point here for use by arrangement.

Rain water is saved for garden use and dirty water is treated (without the use of chemicals) and returned to a nearby water course as clean water.

Our printing is all on recycled paper or chlorine free paper made from pulp from sustainable forests. All inks and toners used are made from vegetable based oils or recycled.

We home-grow our fruit and vegetables and buy what we can’t grow locally & organically wherever possible. The Blackdown Hills have many excellent farm shops, box schemes and farm outlets nearby.