Sustainability on the farm - supporting our local environment
We actively promote and encourage a real appreciation of sustainability and our environment at Higher Trevinnick:
- All of the farm’s water is pumped by water wheel from our own natural spring at the bottom of the valley, certificated and approved for consumption by South West Water and Cornwall Council
- Fox Den generates its own electricity from solar panels affixed discretely to its south-facing roof
- Both cottages are well insulated and fully double glazed to minimise heat loss
- We use low energy bulbs throughout the cottages and in all outdoor lights
- We use local contractors and suppliers – for example, our carpets are cleaned by a local eco-friendly family business, and our corn and straw sourced from neighbouring farmers
- Our recycling system includes collecting bottles, cans, plastic and waste paper in clearly marked bags and bins, and guests are encouraged to use this facility
- We operate a recycling policy for all the farm waste, and reuse traditional Cornish materials on the farm wherever possible – even the pigsty and dog’s kennel have Delabole slate roofs!
Locally sourced produce
- Our cottage welcome packs contain locally-sourced Cornish products and our delicious own-produced Gloucester Old Spot pork sausages are available for purchase
- We guide our guests to attractions and eating establishments where we know they’ll receive a real taste of Cornwall, and we proactively share our guests’ recommendations of places to visit
Educational interactive farm holidays
- We appreciate the educational aspect of interactive farm holidays for visiting children and foster an appreciation of countryside and conservation issues, lifecycles and animal care – so rewarding when they get back in touch some months later to tell us they have used their farm holiday experience as the basis of a school project!
- Everyone leaves feeling that they’ve truly been a ‘champion farmer’!
Eco farming and bee keeping
- We farm in a small yet environmentally conscious way with recent concentration on tree planting and hedgerow conservation bearing results with a proliferation of wild flowers and wildlife
- Given the well-documented decline in the bee population, Farmer James is a “bee keeper” with bee hives discretely located around the farm