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Howbarrow Farm – Green Statement

Howbarrow Farm recognises that we have a responsibility to operate in an environmentally responsive manner in all aspects of our business.

Since 1995 Howbarrow Farm has been licensed with the Soil Association, the UK leading organic certifying body, the farm was one of the first licensed organic farms in Cumbria.

The Land and Habitats at Howbarrow are managed to UK organic standards.

The ongoing development of the farm and the conversion of redundant farm buildings into visitor accommodation has whenever possible recycled materials, used traditional materials and completed the work to be as energy efficient as possible.

We Recycle Glass, cans, plastic, newspapers and cardboard. We also contract to a commercial recycler for our farm plastic waste. We compost  green waste.

All cleaning products available to guests and used to clean properties are natural and biodegradable.

Energy Efficient lighting has been installed wherever possible as have individual thermostatically controlled heaters.

The farm has both a wind turbine and a solar array in 2012 combined generation of nearly 12,000kwh of electricity was achieved. Additional Electricity supply is from green energy producers. The farm also is a shareholder in the Triodos Bank Windfund.

We use organic bed linen and towels and recognise the lower environmental impact use of these products has.

We bank (on line) with the Cooperative Banking Group and our phone and broadband services are supplied by the Phone coop (In which we are also shareholders), we support their strong ethical position on banking for business.

We have been involved in the local organic food economy since 1995, running farmers Market and street market stalls a ‘box’ and home delivery scheme (delivering over 600 boxes per week), an award winning farm shop, currently we own ‘Grange Bakery’ in Grange over Sands. We source as many locally produced products as possible and use local suppliers, including local free range eggs, local organic milk and cream, Cumbrian milled Flour.

There is a strong local food economy in Cartmel and Grange which we encourage visitors to use.

Walking and cycling are promoted, the cartmel area is crisscrossed with public footpaths and bridalways.

Paul Hughes,  Julia Sayburn, Katie ,Tilly  &  Pippa (our Patterdale Terrier) Whose family home is Howbarrow Farm.