Lower Gill Environmental Policy

GTBSWe were shortlisted for a 2012 Goldstar award in the Green Tourism (GTBS) awards, which means they considered us to be in the top 10 of Green Self Catering businesses in the country.

At Lower Gill we are committed to providing an enjoyable holiday for our guests, by means of our comfortable holiday cottages finished to high standards, our swimming pool and our leisure facilities. At the same time, we want to limit the environmental impact of our activities whilst still maintaining our high standards.


General Activities

  • The fitting of low energy light bulbs.
  • Using recycled paper products.
  • Recycling waste- glass, tin and some plastics.
  • Providing details of locally sourced food and drink, at farmers’ markets or
    restaurants and other outlets.
  • Reducing amount of laundry by guests closing doors on unused rooms.

Unique to Lower Gill

  • The fitting of a district heating system for the whole site, fuelled by woodchip, which is carbon neutral. The wood comes from Gisburn Forest - on our doorstep.
  • Using more environmentally friendly cleaning products, most are made by Tricia from completely natural materials.
  • Encouraging our guests to compost their kitchen waste in our vegetable garden.
  • Selling our own free range eggs, home grown vegetables and home produced preserves.
  • Encouraging guests to walk from the site by providing information on local walks, particularly along our own permissive footpath.
  • Encouraging cyclists by providing information on cycle routes and bike hire in the vicinity.
  • Membership of the Countryside Stewardship scheme which by hedgerow planting and pond creation provides shelter for wildlife.
  • Attempting to grow our own soap beans for use in laundry.
  • Collect and send for recycling any batteries or bulbs guests need to dispose of.
  • In the near future we are hoping to have an area of coppice woodland to provide us with bio-fuel.
  • We are investigating the possibility of installing solar photo-voltaic panels.
  • We have been actively involved in the development of the Gisburn MTB Trails on a volunteer basis Volunteering on the MTB trails (PDF)
  • We are working with a neighboring farm to extend the permissive footpath

Saving more than just money details of our woodchip heating system (Tosside News July 2005)

Green Tourism Links

Please follow the Sustainable Tourism Visitor code

Please follow the Countryside Code (PDF 268kb)

Bowland Experience

Bowland Experience Supporting Forest of Bowland Sustainable Tourism

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