Want your Devon holiday to be even lower carbon?
If you’ve booked an eco lodge at Wheatland Farm, you’re already making a real contribution – thank you! The money you pay for your Devon holiday finances our conservation work. But if you want to do even more, here are a few ideas for how you can be a responsible visitor…
- Support other local businesses – when you eat in the pub, use the farm shop or visit local attractions you’re really boosting Devon’s local economy. And that keeps your holiday destination the place you wanted to visit. See Wheatland Farm’s things to do pages for great Devon days out and keep an eye on our Facebook posts for local events.
- Take a car free day out – why not leave the car behind for at least one day? Here are some ideas for car free things to do while you’re holidaying at the eco lodges.
- If you’re feeling more adventurous, you could take a Devon car free holiday! There’s a suggested week long car free itinerary Wheatland Farm’s car free holidays page.
- Or simply cut back on your food miles rather than your holiday miles. The energy used up in getting food to your plate makes a really substantial contribution to climate change. Why buy an egg that’s been shipped around the country in a lorry when you can have a local one from up the road? You can buy them at Fiona’s Farm shop, or even at the garage. You can go further, and order local groceries from Local Farm Box, or even get wine and beer delivered from a local independent supplier – just ask us for details.
- And Wheatland Farm’s tap water, which is fine to drink, hasn’t been bottled in plastic and distributed in carbon-guzzling lorries. It doesn’t produce the plastic waste either. Did you know there’s an app you can download telling where you can top up your bottle tap water for free across Devon? See the sticker in the eco lodges.
- Waste less (and save yourself some money) – please don’t put any food in the bin! If it’s really not fit for consumption take off the wrapping and put it in the compost crocks or biodigester. If you don’t want to take it home at the end of your holiday it’s fine to leave it in the fridge or cupboard in the eco lodges. It might save the next guest from buying another bottle of ketchup. Or if it’s uncooked but unwanted the chickens might well enjoy it… Apart from anything else, all of Wheatland Farm’s waste will be hand-checked for recycling. Tea bags and baked beans in the bin make that a yucky job! So…
- Recycle – it’ll only take a moment and you’re joining an efffort that’s sending over 80% of ‘waste’ back into the useable resource stream. You’ll see the crates for the normal glass, tins and clean plastic in the recycing centre (in the old farm yard). We’ll also recycle paper for you, cardboard, tetra-pak type waxed drink cartons so long as it’s clean. But please give it a rinse – not only is the recycling hand sorted, mouldy yoghurt containers and dirty meat trays will attract the kind of wildlife we’d rather not support.
- Turn off things you’re not using – like lights. Please turn down the heating rather than opening a window, and please turn things off when you go out for the day. Yes, the cost of electricity is included in your eco lodge holiday and yes it’s green anyway, but the broader picture is that we all need to reduce our consumption because it’s costing the Earth.