Our green credentials are good!
Greetham Valley spends considerable time and effort on investigating viable and sustainable ways to reduce our carbon footprint, with the long term ‘holy grail’ aim of eventually becoming carbon neutral.
- we have installed a biomass boiler which is powered by woodchip, some of which is produced on–site from our own coppiced trees. This massive and very clever boiler provides:
- heat and hot water for all eight of our Rutland Lodges
- heat and hot water for our Lounge Bar, restaurants and golf club changing rooms
- hot water for our 35 bedroom hotel
- we have installed a 40kwh solar panel power system – now we just need the sun to shine!
- our Lodges were purchased from and erected by Norwegian Log, who source the timber from sustainable Norwegian forests
- vegetable food waste from the kitchen is composted along with grass cuttings; this rich crumbly compost is then used across the estate
- two thirds of our rubbish produced is recycled
- since 1991 we have planted 25,000 trees across the estate. For every tree we coppice for the woodchip burner we plant two more
- our cleaning and housekeeping supplies are all eco-friendly across the complex
- we have constructed a reed bed to improve the quality of discharge water
- after consultation with the Hawk and Owl Trust we have erected eight owl and eight kestrel boxes across the estate over the past 3 years. They have all been occupied this year – not always by their intended inhabitants!! However, one box has definitely had a pair of barn owls raising a chick this year
- we have constructed 19 ponds and lakes across the estate which have attracted a diversity of flora and fauna