Welcome to Longmead House

Goals for Sustainability and ReducingEnvironmental Impact

Since Climate Control has been very much in the media and focus of the public eye over the last few months. We thought we should increase our efforts to ‘do our bit’.We already have a sustainability pledge and have worked hard since taking over Longmead House in 2018 to reduce, recycle and reuse as much as possible. We are planning to focus our efforts over this coming year tobecomingmore eco friendlyand embracing sustainability whilst continuing to deliver quality service to our guests. We will therefore be supporting both the National and local drives within Exmoor National Park andLyn Valley Community to become more environmentally conscious. Exmoor National Park is aiming for all businesses and shops to go ‘plastic free’.

We are looking to encourage all our guests and visitors to help us contribute to these pledges. Our 3 pledges are focused on reducing waste, re-using and recycling as much as possible with our every day activities both running the business and in our personal life.

Everyone can support our green ethics by:

Driving less – This is easily achievable as both the town and many of the popular sites (Cliff Railway , Valley Of Rocks, Watersmeet, Heddons Mouth) are allaccessible on foot. And for those of you who enjoy the outdoors, and want more challenging walks we are a stones throw from the South West Coast Path , the Two Moors Way, the Coleridge Way and many other fantastic walksof various distances . You can also explore the area by pedal power, despite the many ups and downs you can hire an E bike locally which make it easier to access some of the high points (literally). Lynton Electric Bike Hire

You can use public transporttoexplore a bit further away, both Lynton and Lynmouth have regular bus services which you can use to get to eitherBarnstaple or Minehead. This year theExmoor Coaster open top buswhichruns a regular service between Lynmouth and Minehead has been popular and is a great way to see Exmoor.

Support local Businesses To reduce our food miles, as often as we can,we buy from local shops and businesses and have deliveries of free range eggs, from a Devon based free range farm and meat from a local butcher weekly. The Tea bags that we use both at breakfast and in the rooms are from a company on Exmoor (based in Dulverton).We encourage our guests to - Shop Locally, Eat and Drink Locally and visit local attractions which arewithin a short distance and are easily accessible on foot. Many of our places to eat source localprovidersand use local producein their ingredients to make their dishes such asExmoor Beef, fish and Porlock Oysters saving many food miles. You will find many unique gifts and crafts made by local products sourced across Exmoor from carved wooden items, slate, sea glass jewellery created from sea glass found on the beach, to Exmoor Honey from bees feasting on the Moorland heather and wild flowers. We are so fortunate to have such an extensive range of products and gifted craftsmen with their skills to recycle and up cycle to create such unique quality and artistic gifts for people to purchase for themselves as mementos or gifts for others.

Reduce Waste and Increase Recycling Melanie prepares homemade breakfast items from ingredients that she can source locally. She prefers to recycle fresh fruitthat has not been used , into jams and or compote which can be served at breakfast. Pre order breakfast usually prevents food waste as guests only order what they want to eat. Our dog Quinn can sometimes be lucky in eating the left overs from the returned plates ( subject to availability) the odd piece of bacon rind , egg or end of cooked sausage.Anyexcess homemade bread is turned into breadcrumbs which she uses in her homemade sausage roll fillings (both meat and vegetarian).We separate out items to recycle :paper, Tins, Bottles/Glass, Food waste, Plastic and the council collects these fortnightly. We have created electronic forms for guests to use forregistration , pre order breakfast and send invoices via emails to reduce our use of printed paper.

Take practical actions during their stay at Longmead All the small actions that you often do in your own home to help the environment ,we would encourage our guests to replicate during their stay at Longmead. Such as :

Switchingoff lights andunpluggingelectronicappliances whenleaving the room.

Separatingany rubbish that can be recycled and using our recycling bins on the landing, so we can add to our recycling bins for the council to collect.

Fillingwater bottle with tap water before going out for the day instead of purchasing single use plastic bottled water.

Checking the windows are closed when the heating is on.

Only filling the kettle with the amount of water that you need to use tor reduce the amount of energy needed to boil the kettle.

Using our electronic pre order breakfast forms to reduce the use of printed paper

We will be continuing to make efforts to achieve our goals and the followingGreen and environmentally friendly plans for 2022. and we aim to encourage all visitors and guests to help in achieving these goals which include:

·Sourcing and using a more sustainable /refillableecofriendly laundry detergent and cleaning products which we can buy in bulk. We have researched some of these providers locally and will introduce these at the beginning of next season.

·We will phase out the use of single use sachets for ketchup, brown sauce and re introduce decanted portions in mini ramekins for each table. We will source additional glass containers to useat breakfast to serve the fresh berry salad, cereals, homemade granola and yoghurt and stop using any single plastic containers.

·Review all our paper products and purchase recycled options( toilet paper and printer paper)

·Reduce our paper printing and encourage our guests to use electronic guest registration, breakfast order form and invoices.

·Design and launch an electronic Longmead House Online Paperless Information and Guide book to the house and area

·Build a compost heap in our garden to recycle some of our food waste.

We are looking forward to updating our website with our efforts to be a more environmentally conscious business.