Cragwood, Merewood and Briery Wood Country House Hotels are part of Lake District Country Hotels. As a group we are striving to become a model of sustainable enterprise. Within this strategy we are committed to reducing our impacts upon the local environment arising from our daily operations.
The emphasis of our policy is on reducing and re-using the waste that is produced wherever possible and recycling where it is not.
- Guests have the choice to separate the waste in their rooms to be recycled by our housekeeping team. Paper, cardboard, plastics and glass can all be recycled.
- Guests are encouraged to retain their towels for the duration of their stay in order to reduce the waste involved with excessive laundry.
- Kitchen and bedroom cleaners are biodegradable wherever possible.
- At the end of the day at least 80% of all lights are switched off. Corridor, stairwell, driveway and emergency exit lights are left on for health and safety reasons. All electrics are switched off over night.
- Energy efficient lighting has been installed throughout the hotel wherever possible. The current limitations are that the hotels electrical supply regularly 'surges', blowing many light bulbs. It would be impractical and not cost effective to regularly replace expensive energy saving bulbs. Alternatives to standard lighting are being investigated.
- The local area is not supported by mains sewerage systems, which means that septic tank waste can flow into the lake. At Briery Wood and Merewood (and soon Cragwood too) we have invested in upgrading in waste treatment systems to ensure that the quality of water leaving our estates is not having a detrimental effect on the environment.
- Wood used for the hotel fireplaces is sourced from felled trees within the hotel grounds and waste untreated wood from building, pallets and other sources.
- Parts of the woodland surrounding the hotels are classified as ancient semi-natural woodland, in particular all of Cragwood and some of Merewood. This means that the woodland is considered to have been wooded for centuries and is therefore much more important as a wildlife habitat than planted woodland. The woodland is managed by an in-house tree surgeon with consultation from the National Parks Authority and Cumbria Woodlands.
- Wherever possible we source our foods locally which both supports local businesses and reduces carbon output from larger distribution miles. Our suppliers are also encouraged to take waste back with them.