All the central heating, hot water and heating for our indoor pool is powered by a biomass boiler – using our own energy crop grown on the farm. More than 75% of our electricity is provided by a micro wind turbine and photovoltaic solar panels on the roof of our energy crop store.
The garden courtyard garden and gardens surrounding Searles and Orchard cottages are managed organically by our talented and experienced groundsman. Organic waste produced on the farm is reused via a comprehensive composting system.
Tredethick runs a mid-tier Countryside Stewardship programme to encourage meadow wildlife (through stock limitation and natural fertilisation) and to provide winter farmland bird food through planting a mix of linseed, linseed, millet, radish fodder and sunflowers. Hedgerows are managed to provide food and habitat for wildlife.
We’ve planted more than 14,000 native trees in the last twenty years; oak, hazel, beech, cherry and ash. This provides a peaceful, rich habitat for native flora and fauna, including a natural canopy for May bluebells Our woodlands are managed sustainably through rotational hazel coppicing to provide seasoned, dry logs for the cottage log burners. Tree surgeons leave habitat files create giant 'bug hotels' on the woodland floor.
Feel free to borrow buckets and spades from the playbarn to take to the beach, rather than buying more. There’ s a beach bucket in the bike shed with wetsuits, bodyboards, buckets, nets and other beach paraphernalia - please borrow what you need for beach days and leave any usable beach gear here that you don’t want to take home.
Why not go for a family beach clean? Take a look at Project Kids' guide to beach cleaning with young children. It's interesting, good fun AND a practical way to show your children how they can make a difference.