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.
Trees in 2020
Climate change is hugely complicated but what we do know is that we are in a climate emergency. It can be overwhelming to try to think of how we can make a difference as individuals but planting trees is one of the most simple and effective solutions to reducing CO2. Trees are the ultimate carbon capture and storage machines. The entire woodland eco system from the living wood and roots, to the deadwood and vegetation play a huge role in locking in carbon.
Not everyone has the space to plant trees around their own home so this season we've pledged to plant a tree for you. For every dome booking that we take for 2020 we will plant a tree of your choice in our woodland or our fields.
In the Cosy Lounge you will find a large poster with information about the native trees in our woodland and how our planting scheme will work. We hope you'll support us and enjoy choosing your native tree to make a stand against Climate Change.
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. They also provide them in bulk and we re-fill existing bottles.
We recycle all glass and plastic and encourage guests to use the waste paper and cardboard for firelighting, any left is recycled.
Food waste is composted. Packaging for our cook pots and hamper produce is all glass or recyclable plastic and we ask guests to return it so that we can wash and use again and again.
Wood is bought from a local company who source from renewable resources.
Kindling and firelighters sold to guests are from a local company who source sustainable hardwood from 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, the furniture on the decks and in the lounge and in the Cosy Corner is made by one of 2 local tradesman from locally sourced sustainable douglas fir.
The chimineas on decks are made from recycled gas bottles, the pews in the kitchen were bought from a local church, the log baskets are made from recycled tyres and the blankets are all 100% lambswool and made in Wales.
The tea and sugar are fair trade and the 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 companies such as Mydffai Trading and Who Gives a Crap that are mindful of their impact 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. As these works have been carried out we have planted over 100 new trees. Hazel, Hawthorn, Rowan and Cherry have been planted re-instating hedgerows and more than compensating for the few dead or dangerous trees that have had to be removed from the woods over time.
Kestrel, Owl, Bird and Bat boxes have been installed and are monitored. The wood chip on the paths is a by-product of the tree surgery industry and our natural playground for children includes a recycled tyre swing and a living willow den, with a mud kitchen planned for 2020.
We are 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’.