Cosy Under Canvas is situated in a stunning area of natural beauty, we love where we live and are thankful for it every day. We have always been mindful of our impact on the environment and strive to keep our purchasing as local and environmentally friendly as possible, but there is always more that can be done.
We wanted to let you know what and how we do this and how we intend, in this time of climate emergency to do more over the coming years.
There is no electricity in the woods, keeping our impact to a minimum.
The lanterns we provide are rechargeable electric. The electricity for the recharging of lanterns and for the shower block is renewably sourced, and the shower block lights are controlled by a motion sensor.
Solar lights are placed around the site to provide lighting and we encourage guests to bring their own solar lights as extras.
The water we use comes from a spring deep under the stream that runs through the wetland area. To avoid over treatment this spring water is used as is for washing and washing up and filtered water is provided for drinking.
Even though the water comes from a spring guests are encouraged to use it carefully.
Grey water waste
Our Wetland Ecosystem Treatment (WET) is a specially constructed wetland – designed to both absorb and purify the wastewater from the kitchen area and shower.
It was created and planted in 2012 and is now a rich and diverse wildlife habitat producing willow that can be harvested each year to replant or provide wands for crafts. Guests are encouraged to be mindful of what goes down the sink to protect the plant and wildlife there.
Our toilets are private; there's one for each dome and they are composting tree bogs. They are planted with willow around the edge and this feeds from the nutrients in the urine leaving the other waste matter to break down into compost. Genius!
Our toilet roll is bought from ‘Who Gives a Crap’. This innovative company manufacture all their products from environmentally friendly materials and donate 50% of their profits to those in need.
Cleaning and washing products
Cleaning products are environmentally friendly - they are bought in bulk and existing bottles are refilled.
Washing products are sourced from the fabulous Myddfai Trading Company who are a social enterprise providing work experience for adults with learning difficulties. Their products are all eco and are made in Wales.
We recycle all glass, plastic, cans and tins and we encourage guests to use waste paper and cardboard for firelighting (any left is recycled).
Food waste can be composted in the green bins in each kitchen.
Wood is bought from a local company who obtain it from renewable resources.
Kindling and firelighters sold to guests are also from a local company who source sustainable hardwood from within a 60 mile radius of their site in Madley, Herefordshire. The firelighters are eco and contain no chemicals.
Furniture and furnishings where possible are locally or ethically sourced. The beds and storage boxes in the domes and the furniture on the decks, in the lounge and Cosy Corner is all made by local tradesmen from locally sourced and sustainable Douglas fir.
Chimineas on decks are made from recycled gas bottles, pews in the kitchen were bought from a local church, log baskets are made from recycled tyres and blankets are all 100% Welsh lambswool.
Our tea and sugar are fair trade and our delicious coffee is locally roasted by the wonderful Black Mountains Roast.
The nearest train station is 20 miles and the nearest bus stop is 5 miles. We are very happy to collect guests from the bus stop by prior arrangement. If guests walk into the local town we can collect them.
There are bikes to hire on site and plenty to do from the site if guests would rather not use or don’t have a car
As well as purchasing from environmentally friendly companies and supporting local companies such as Mydffai Trading and 'Who Gives a Crap' that are mindful of their footprint we have also tried to keep the impact on our own woodland to a minimum.
Over the last 5 years we have made a number of additions, changes and improvements to our site. We have planted over 100 new trees. Hazel, Hawthorn, Rowan and Cherry have been planted to re-instate hedgerows which more than compensates for the few dead or dangerous trees that have been removed from the woods over time.
Kestrel, Owl, Bird and Bat boxes have been installed and are monitored. The wood chip on pathways is a by-product of the local tree surgery industry. Our natural playground for children includes tree swings, a living willow den and a stream to paddle in.
We are proud members of the Radnorshire Wildlife Trust, have a gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and this season we have also joined The Woodland Trust ‘Big Climate Fight Back’.
Let us all, together, continue to do our bit to help preserve the planet!