Here at the Grove we are firmly committed to doing all we can for the environment. Here are some of the ways we do just that, and a few of our plans for the future.
We understand the importance of the traceability of ingredients in our kitchens, and we always try to make sure they come from sustainable sources. Our chefs are committed to using local food wherever possible and they are passionate about forming links with the best producers of food locally – including farmers, fishermen, butchers, artisan food producers and other suppliers within a 50-mile radius of the Grove.
We also have a fantastic kitchen garden here at the Grove, which gives us a plentiful supply of vegetables and herbs throughout the year. Our bees are so happy we now have 4 hives on the grounds which now means we are self-sufficient for honey.
We are always looking for new ways to reduce our energy usage. We use energy-saving light bulbs across the hotel. We have also installed solar panels to supply electricity to both the main house and cottages.
Most heating and hot water across the Grove is supplied by a 199kW Biomass Boiler.
We have planted substantial areas with trees that will provide a sustainable source of wood for us during the winter months.
Our spring water
We are very fortunate to have our own boreholes, which supply the entire premises with the most beautiful spring water. This water, which is UV-filtered, is freely available from our taps and it is very popular with our thirsty guests. We use reusable glass bottles to provide this water to our guests in rooms.
Recycling and composting
We recycle all our glass, plastic, paper and cardboard at the Grove and some of the cardboard is used for composting. We also compost all our garden and vegetable waste, which we then use in winter as a fertiliser to re-invigorate the soil.
We have invested heavily in a water treatment plant and reed beds here at the Grove – to make sure that all the foul water is properly treated before it goes into the environment.
We have created a wildlife pond, hung bird boxes, planted wild meadows and trees, as well as retained ancient hedgerows to sustain the habitat of the many species of birds, butterflies and other wild life spotted here at the Grove. We have lists of the birds, wild flowers, butterflies & moths available at reception if you would like to do a bit of spotting.