Green Ethos

Green thinking behind all we do

Why? Well it’s not too difficult really. Ever since Tony had his allotment and we kept some hens and thought about how to minimise our general impact on the land.

Our Environmental Plans

In 1984 Tony and Tricia Rawlingson Plant bought Trendle Farm which had been a golf course and having been sprayed constantly with various chemicals, a ‘Green Desert’. So they banned spraying the land, started a tree planting plan, and created an environment which enriched animals, plants, and of course people.

We've Always Been Green
Reinstated hedgerows
Solar drying room
Food composter
Rain water harvesting tank
49kw PV panels
Bee-friendly flowers
Over 7,400 trees planted
Recycled rubber tyre roof
Solar thermal panel on all the buildings
Geothermal heating

Eco Builds

What is an eco build? Minimising impact? Using natural materials? Re-cycling existing materials or all of the above? We’ve put our money where our mouths are and tried many ideas.

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Wildlife

By providing suitable habitats and managing certain areas for wildlife, a number of rare and scarce creatures can be found at Mill on the Brue including the Rugged Oil Beetle.

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Trees

Over the years there has been extensive tree planting (est 7,500 trees) with the total number of varieties now standing at 111. This includes all the indigenous trees of Britain.

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Fruit & Veg Gardens

With about 1 acre of vegetable gardens Tim, Athol and volunteers grow a majority of our organic veg. The visiting school children can partake in a popular ‘Garden to Table’ activity.

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Eco Code

Before it was headline news we always tried to preserve our environment. Thinking of new ideas and ensuring customers and staff come on board is a constant challenge!

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Flower Gardens

We think that enhancing a beautiful valley with bee friendly flowers can be benefical to everyone.

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The Wonderful World of Energy Production

We use many forms of technology in the heating, energy use and water management of the centre...

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Green Tourism Business Scheme

The GTBS scheme is a not for profit organisation who’s aim is to ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of the sustainable tourism.  As one of the first businesses in Somerset to be awarded the Gold standard continuously for over eight years we’re really proud of this fact.