Last month we talked about how to reduce your use of natural resources in order to reduce your carbon emissions inline with the climate agenda targets.
Although B&Bs and the like form a smaller part of the impact hospitality has on the wider issues of climate change, they can still take meaningful and positive Climate Action.
Collective power has great strength and how you interact with your immediate environment (your outside areas) and local area (nearby parks, woodland, beaches) is an important factor to consider.
Imagine a patchwork of outside spaces dotted around the country; one day they will all join up and to create a flourishing, wildlife-friendly environment across the UK.
With the increase in travellers looking for more eco-friendly experiences when they travel, how much you care about protecting and enhancing the environment could influence whether they book with you or not.
These days schools teach children from a very early age about the environment; how they impact it, how they can help it and so on.
If you’re a child friendly property then why not provide some child friendly garden experiences? (Don’t forget to share any activities you offer to your social media and booking OTAs.)
Child and Wildlife friendly garden ideas
- Grow your own herbs / Fruit trees
- Green area for slugs/snails
- Wild native flower area
- Bird bath/Bird boxes/Bird feeders
- Insect boxes
- Hedgehog nest
There are many things you can do to improve your impact on the environment.
But one easy way is to move away from immaculate outside spaces to more wildlife-friendly ones.
The UK has one of the lowest biodiversity ratings in Europe. This is largely because the last 10-20 year trend has been for a more manicured look both at home and in public spaces.
But this trend is changing now, moving towards more ‘wild green spaces’ to increase biodiversity.
With the help of quality educational tv programs about nature and the environment, the greater public are now understanding more about the fragility of ecosystems and how they can have a positive impact on it.
Protect your environment
- No harmful chemicals like pesticides or fertiliser
- Use peat-free compost
- Let dandelions flower – they are one of the first flowers bees can land on and weedkiller kills bees
- Plant fruit trees and/or flowering shrubs
- Compost area for garden waste and uncooked fruit & veg food waste
- Create a worm tube composter
Supporting your local nature conservation initiatives is another way to improve your environmental footprint. You can take part either financially or perhaps invite your guests to do so.
Support for local initiatives
- Partner with local environmental charities and organisations – share activities on SM
- Offer local bike hire companies and local wine, beer or other businesses that provide interesting tours
- Offer hiking/walking footpaths starting from your door
- If you provide food, buy it from a local business or grow your own
Highlighting local activities that involve short or no car journeys will help lower your carbon impact, as well as your guest’s.
Giving financial support to a local or regional charity is not a cop out. During Covid, donations to charities dried up which has left them very low on funds, so this is very much a positive option.