Here at Longnor Wood we take our environmental responsibility seriously due to our location in the heart of the beautiful Peak District. Our objective is to respect the landscape in which we are lucky enough to live, reduce our use of energy and water and our generation of waste and improve the personal well-being of our guests and team. We are committed to helping our guests reduce the impact of their stay on the environment through the facilities and the information we provide. We are a member of Tranquil Parks and our quiet site policy after 11am allows our guests to enjoy the natural environment in peace.
Our Environmental Policy Statement helps to shape the 5-star rating of our Peak District campsite which we are very proud to have achieved. You can read it by clicking HERE.
Longnor Wood are corporate supporters of the Derbyshire Wildlife Trust. We have designed our Peak District campsite to ensure we compliment the landscape that surrounds our five-star camping and glamping site.
Our beautifully landscaped site is surrounded by trees and woodland, with lots of hedges and flower beds. We also have areas left to wildflower. Guests can enjoy spotting a whole range of birds and squirrels in the trees around the campsite, as well as rabbits feeding on our grass areas. We plant flowers and shrubs around the site to encourage bees and butterflies and have recently introduced a bug hotel.
Our 4-acre dog walk has fantastic views over the surrounding hills and farmland. At the bottom of the dog walk we have a wildflower meadow to promote butterfly and bee populations.
Our dark sky campsite is surrounded on all sides by farmland, used for the grazing of local sheep and cows and there is very little local light pollution. We take proactive steps to ensure that our actions and those of our guests do not jeopardise the beautiful dark skies of which the Peak District is said to have some of the best viewing spots in the UK. To minimise our light pollution and energy use, we use low level LED lighting.
There are three famous dark sky spots in the Peak District:
Outside of these official spots there are many fantastic sites that are good for stargazing, such as Magpie Mine, Curbar Edge and our very own dog walk. Guests can enjoy the dark skies from the comfort of their own touring pitch, glamping pod, decking or verandah or hot tub.
Our mobile-friendly website contains comprehensive information for our guests about the facilities and amenities on site and in the local area and surrounding Peak District. We offer paperless and remote check-in, with information relevant to their stay, being emailed prior to their arrival. This saves on paper by minimising the need for it to be printed out. The majority of our marketing is now digital rather than leaflet based.
On site we have the option for guests to recycle cans, glass, cardboard and paper.
We re-use materials wherever possible from around the site. We wash the jay cloths that we leave for customers and use them for cleaning particularly messy items. Wood from the dismantled decks is used for sub-frame on others, mounting signs, ramps for customers, or anything we can think of. If we have too much to store, we give it to a local farmer that has a wood burner. We give food waste to one of our cleaners to feed her pigs. The same lady takes our wooden pallets as well. We store any large metal items that wouldn’t fit into the normal recycling bins and give them to the local scrap man.
Our book, game and DVD exchange at Reception allow guests to re-use and re-cycle where possible.
Our cleaning products are eco-friendly where possible, we order what we can in bulk to minimise deliveries and we use micro-fibre cloths to ensure we are using as little chemicals as possible when cleaning. Our welcome packs have been updated to remove all single use plastic.
We have changed our main site vehicle as well as many of our power tools to be electric. This stops us burning fossil fuels as well as lowering noise pollution.
Whilst the public transport options are very limited in our part of the world, we do encourage our customers to walk or cycle where possible and we promote the use of the local community bus. We have also installed an electric car charging point on site. We encourage all guests to bring one car only when booking with us.
We have always fed the birds (and inadvertently the squirrels) here on an ad-hoc basis, but now we will have designated bird feeders on site. We also will make bug hotels and bat / bird boxes to be put up around site using reclaimed wood.
We will increase the range of local produce stocked in our shop as well as introducing green products.