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Our Green Story

Our Green Story

At Park Cliffe we’re striving to reduce our environmental impact and incorporate more of our efforts into the daily running of our park. By making small changes every day and decreasing our human impact on the landscape around us we are helping to preserve our site for the future and maintaining the beautiful surroundings in the Lakes, ensuring that you can come back next year and many years to come.

Look at our Responsible Visitor Charter and find out how you can get involved with looking after our environment.

What we do:

Waste
– We have recycling facilities for plastic containers, glass, cardboard, paper, tins and cans.
– Our general waste is taken away by Cumbria Waste Group and transported to the Sita Plant in Byker where first any recyclables are removed.  Then any residue goes to make ‘Refuse derived fuel’ which is used in combined heat and power facilities.  This results in approximately a landfill diversion of 98%.

Buying local
We purchase our meat from Estuary Fine Foods based in Askham in Furness (30 minutes’ drive from Park Cliffe), we only purchase local milk from Woodbine Dairies at Barrow which we sell in the shop and use in the restaurant. In the bar we supply the ‘Lakes’ spirits – Vodka and the infamous Lakes Gin in all of its glory! We stock local (and great tasting!) beers and cask ale as well from Ulverston Ales which have proven popular, in particular ‘Flying Elephant’ and ‘Lonesome Pine’. In our shop we sell lots of local produce in our shop from Romneys sweets and mint cake in Kendal, local meat and milk and if you used to buy plastic cutlery from us you will have noticed that we now reusable sporks.

Our environment
We publicise a variety of local public transport to help you get around if your without a car or want to leave the car here. For 2019 we are planning itineraries for car-free days out!
We are a member of the Lake District Foundation who help protect the Lake District and fund conservation, environmental and cultural heritage projects in the Lakes.

Pets are very welcome at Park Cliffe whether that just be dogs or the occasional rabbit we’ve seen over recent years! We also have brand new pet-friendly standard camping pods for the 2019 season which have been highly requested.

We have purchased 2 electric vehicles for use around the park dramatically reducing the use of the park’s landrover.

Public transport
We have a local bus which passes the bottom of our road below Park Cliffe which is accessible and very much in walking distance. This bus can take you to Bowness and Windermere. Bus changes allow you then to travel further field in the Lakes to , Ambleside, Grasmere and Keswick– for more information please contact reception.

A popular day out is to take the bus to Ferry Nab in Bowness take the ferry across the lake to the opposite side and cycle down the West side of the Lake to Wray Castle.

Energy efficiency
We have sensory lighting in both the male and female bathrooms and hand dryers instead of hand towels. We also have LED lighting in the restaurant and the games room.  We are moving to LED lighting throughout the facility buildings.

Water conservation
We have push button taps and showers to prevent taps and showers being left on or dripping.  We also use water from the beck to flush the toilets in the facility block.

Community activities
Each year we support a local charity through various fundraising initiatives all year round. Previous nominated charities have been Air Ambulance North West, Bay Search and Rescue and Fix the Fells.  Our current charity is ‘Fix the Fells‘.

In 2018 two members of staff in the bar & restaurant, Hannah and Courtney, ran the Liverpool half marathon for Breast Cancer Research.

Recent eco awards:
Green Tourism Bronze

Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award 2018/2019

Our business is backed by electricity generated from renewable sources. We have committed to having 100% of our energy supply from EDF backed by renewable energy. October 2018.

Awarded ‘Bee friendly park’ by the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme

What have we done in 2018?
– 5p charge on plastic bags

– Instead of giving out takeaway food in plastic bags we use paper bags

– Filter water machine to refill your water bottles

– We have committed to only buying free range eggs for the shop

– We have replaced our standard white paper that we use in reception to recycled paper

– We have replaced our standard printer cartridges with recycled printer cartridges

– We joined other Green Tourism Business’ in the UK and have been awarded Bronze

How could you make your holiday ‘greener’?
– Check out our Responsible Visitor Charter.

– Before you arrive have a think about your travel arrangements, looking at local and national transport providers, at Traveline to make an informed choice of how you could arrive at our site, or how you could use public transport for your days out in the Lakes.

So…what’s next?
– Changing our take away cups to compostable or recyclable take away cups

– Upgrading our Green Tourism award from a Bronze to a Silver!

– Introduce more eco-products in our shop & bar. This year we are stocking ‘Two Farmers’ crisps, the first to use compostable wrappings and ‘Who give a crap’ toilet paper using environmentally friendly materials and donating 50% of their profits to help build toilets for those in need.

-To cut down on un recyclable packaging we are doing away with selling packets of peanuts etc in the bar and are stocking ‘hot’ nuts serving in paper cups.

– Aiming for 100% LED lighting coverage across the site

– Come and join us on our Green Journey and support us in reducing our impact on the environment. See our Responsible Visitor Charterfor what you can do when you’re staying with us.