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Combe Grove bring home Green Tourism Bronze

By Nick Allen

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A topic that is very close to our hearts at Combe Grove is the environment, which is why we are delighted to have been awarded a Bronze Award by Green Tourism, the world’s largest sustainable certification programme.

Recognition from Green Tourism means that Combe Grove is working responsibly, ethically and sustainably, that we are contributing to our community and working to minimise our impact on the environment. Since becoming a member of the Green Tourism Programme in July 2017, the team have been working hard to minimise their impact on the environment, starting with four important projects; switching to a 100% renewable energy tariff, replacing inefficient boilers, introducing an entirely electric kitchen and committing to building relationships with local suppliers.

We began our green journey by committing to sourcing seasonal and sustainable ingredients from local suppliers and showcasing the great tastes of the South West. Then we set to work with WS Swift, a local, family-run company committed to training apprentices, to replace old boilers with state of the art Worcester Bosch GB162 boilers, the most efficient in their category. We have switched to Good Energy, who are champions of clean, green, local energy, means that the electricity used at Combe Grove is matched with renewable energy generated from wind, solar, hydro and biofuels in the UK and sent back to the National Grid. A recent refurbishment has seen a fully electric kitchen, complete with induction hobs, installed in the manor house. Meaning gas is no longer used to power the kitchen.

We’ve been busy making smaller changes across the estate, working towards a Silver award and ‘going for gold’ accreditation in the next five years.