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At Stubcroft we try to adopt a range of strategies for sustainable living. As well as things like recycling and adopting sustainable farming practices described in more detail on the other pages, these include:
Fair Trade, Organic & Ethical purchasing: Wherever possible we use Fairtrade and Organic produce to ensure high quality food, tea & coffee etc. for our B&B and our own use. Fairtrade products are those that give a fair percentage of the profits to the farmers or growers. This helps them to support themselves, their families and their communities, by using the extra income to invest in building schools community infrastructure projects like safe water supplies and business improvements. For more information, go to www.fairtrade.org.uk .
We also prefer to purchase from ethical retailers such as the Co-op & known local producers. When choosing products wherever possible we try to choose products that do not incur high “food miles” or high energy costs (ie: unseasonal forced produce).
Repair & renew: We try to repair and renew wherever possible and adapt old things for new uses.
Reducing energy consumption: We have replaced many of our light bulbs with low power consumption bulbs and when purchasing new equipment we make sure that is A rated and as energy efficient as possible. The roof spaces have been well insulated over recent years but we are looking to further improve the level of insulation to conserve energy before next winter. We are currently conducting an energy audit to look for new ways of saving energy. At present the farmhouse is heated primarily by sustainable wood fires using our own produced wood where possible. We have just installed one energy efficient multifuel burner & hope to have a second installed before next winter. We are currently exploring ways of reducing our use of fossil fuels further and adapting a combined strategy of solar and heating from wood for both the B&B and the campsite hot water supplies. Watch our news pages for developments.
Public transport: To encourage visitors to use public transport we give discounts to guests and campers of £1 per night for those arriving by public transport, bicycle or on foot. We can sometimes arrange lifts from Chichester station of bus stops for guests, please ask if this would help your visit.
Bike Hire: As part of our sustainable living ethos we have introduced a bike hire service for guests. This should help reduce the number of car journeys during peak holiday times and the resultant pollution. It also enables more enjoyment of the local environment and of course encourages exercise for adults & children. On a practical level it also helps reduce bank holiday congestion to popular beaches during peak season weekends.
Sustainable Farming: We are adapting our farming practices to more sustainable methods. For example, we have replaced traditional sheep dipping (which used organophosphate dips) with more environmentally friendly treatments. We use manures to reduce artificial fertiliser useage and do not use insecticide of fungicide sprays. We have gone back to a system of using smaller paddocks to provide a clean rotational grazing system for the sheep to reduce the use of antiparasitic drenches. We only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary for animal welfare, (not for routine treatments) and we do not use any type of chemical growth promoters or other types of artificial additives.
Above left: The tractor preparing to muckspread. Left: Sheep in a fresh pasture.