‘Being Green At Nonsuch’ – Environmental Policy
Here at Nonsuch House we are very lucky to be situated in one of the most beautiful parts of the country. South Devon is celebrating this year the 50th anniversary of its designation as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). We are very proud to be part of that designation and are acutely aware of our responsibilities to keep this going in continuum as far as we are possibly able. We have been quietly green for many years and it is part of our everyday lives. We are committed to working in a sustainable way. Let us tell you a little of what we do:
We comply with the requirements of environmental legislation and approved codes of practice and continuously try to improve our environmental and social performance.
We support local business where we can. We use the local fishmonger, butchers, Riverford vegetables, the deli for local cheeses and artisan foods, the local Post Office and many other local businesses such as builders, stationery, water, fuel, garden plants etc.
We employ local people in the house and garden and give training in environmental issues. We have joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme and are members of the National Trust and the RHS. We are members of a local organisation Love the Flavour (Devon Food & Drink), sponsor local food and music festivals, teach the young how to sail, are on a committee to conserve local buildings and support our local Arts Centre.
We encourage our guests to leave their car behind and to use public transport whatever the weather (we offer drying facilities!). We even offer a 5% discount off the room price for guests arriving by these means! We have information on buses, boats and trains and also bike hire and can stores bikes canoes etc if needed. We have maps, guides, place information, local wildlife, flora and fauna information and binoculars which our guests are very welcome to borrow. We have some stunning walks straight from the front door on the South West Coast Path and the Dart Valley Trail.
We still have a way to go but are fired with enthusiasm to do more. If you would like to learn more about Green Tourism and Business follow this link www.green-business.co.uk