We work with a tree surgeon and full time gardener to monitor the flora and fauna on our 12 acre estate. Good stewardship of the estate includes the planting of native species of trees, developing wildlife habitats and minimising our environmental impact.. We have planted over 50 trees since we have taken ownership of the property and continue to have an active annual tree planting program.
HoneyBees & Our Orchard
Pollination services provided by bees are critical for both ecosystem function and crop production. 90% of our food around the planet depends on bees for pollination. As members of the British Beekeepers Association, we are committed to supporting the environment, biodiversity, sustainability and quality of life. We maintain 5 beehives on site and only extract a small amount of the honey in keeping with modern sustainability methods. We also maintain a beautiful orchard of fruit and nut trees nearby - the ideal environment for our honey!
Minimising Energy Usage
Our swimming pool currently uses air source heat pumps to heat the water. This on average utilises 3 times less energy than without the heat pumps. We are currently exploring the addition of ground source heat pumps as well.
We are moving to using our own well water filtration system to minimise our use of mains water.
Shotover Park Clean up campaign
We run an annual litter picking campaign in Shotover Woods in honour of Captain Tom's 100 challenge. 100 free crepes exchanged each for a bag of litter picked up from the woods. Click here to see photos.