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SUSTAINABILITY

Reduce, Reuse, Refill, Recycle

Here at The Roost we are asking all our guests to buy into the green ethos: Reduce, Reuse, Refill, Recycle.

We are striving hard to eradicate single-use plastics and all our cleaning products and equipment are reusable – as a result, minimal waste is generated. Please help us during your stay and use our recycling facilities here. There are composting bags for raw food as well as boxes for plastics, cardboard, tins, glass and Tetra Pak.

Energy Efficiency

40% of the electricity is generated through solar panels and battery storage. The rest is purchased from Octopus Green Energy. The cabins are super insulated and also benefit from green, living roofs and the wood for the wood burners is sourced locally

The Roost is within a SAC (Special Area of Conservation) and it is important to keep lighting levels very low. Consequently, there is no external lighting, and windows are fitted with automated black-out blinds. Please help keep it that way by switching off lights when you don’t need them.

Laundry & Cleaning

The starting point for all products is Eco Friendly, UK-made, reusable or biodegradable packaging. Sadly it’s not always possible to get products made in the UK but it’sgetting there. We are also fans of an e-cloth and vinegar. Fancy chemicals don’t make things any cleaner, they just save a bit of elbow grease!

In the cabin bathrooms there is Mitcheldean handmade soap – made using the highest quality, naturally derived, cruelty-free ingredients, with 100% natural fragrance. Towels and bedding are made from sustainable cotton, washed in harvested rain water and eco friendly products and wherever possible, dried in the clean Forest of Dean air.

Kitchen Essentials & Little Extras

Where possible, the kitchen is stocked with local, organic produce. Items that aren’t made locally will at least be bought from the local village shop, individual shops or local market traders. The Little Extras are all locally sourced too and the milk provided is semi-skimmed and comes in a glass bottle.

Travel & Transport

Gloucester train station is conveniently located opposite Gloucester bus station. Look for routes 24 or 33 to get to Mitcheldean (timetable links below). Once in Mitcheldean, we are a 15 minute walk from the bus stop (Lambs Quay Pub). If bringing a car, we want to encourage guests to leave it onsite once you are here. There are two local buses running between Mitcheldean, Gloucester & Ross on Wye – Route 33 Ross-on-Wye to Glouceter (via Mitcheldean). Route 24 Ross-on-Wye, Mitcheldean, Gloucester. We are 0.9 miles from the nearest village shop and bus stop (a fifteen minute walk). There will be a complimentary ordinance survey map for you to use during your stay plus lots of advice and maps for walks from the cabin.

If you would like to arrive by bike then you can store them in our secure bike shed.

If you have an electric car, we have an electric car charging point here on site.

Climate Change

We have taken a pledge and are committed to taking purposeful action against climate change.

 

Sustainability | The Roost Luxury Glamping Forest of Dean

Our Green Initiatives include:

 

  • Planted over 70 new native trees and 500 native hedgerow plants;
  • Solar panels & storage batteries provide 40% of all our electricity;
  • Our remaining electricity is supplied by Octopus Green Energy;
  • Purchase our environmentally friendly cleaning products from SUMA – an ethical purchasing co-operative;
  • We are certified “Guardians of Grub” committed to minimising food waste;
  • Hold Gold accreditation by Green Tourism;
  • We bank with Starling, rated as one of the top three ethical banks in the UK;
  • Our business finance in provided by Triodos Bank, rated as the most sustainable & ethical bank in the world
  • Our website is hosted by Krystal, a 100% green web hosting provider
  • A rainwater harvesting system which serves our washing machines and staff toilets;
  • A meadow management plan – we have planted new areas of wildflower meadow & have areas regularly grazed to encourage invertebrates for the Horseshoe bats;
  • Have green living roofs on the cabins;
  • Members of Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust – see our Nature page;
  • Support “The Rewild Project” – a Forest of Dean, non-profit social enterprise focused on environmental education and ecological restoration;
  • Wash our laundry with Tru-Earth laundry sheets and, the majority of the time, are able to line dry all our linens. We use environmentally-friendly products for cleaning and guests use;
  • Kitchen rolls are made from recycled paper & toilet rolls from unbleached bamboo
  • Have an onsite dual tumbler composting system to deal with food and gardens waste;
  • Provide locally sourced goods and hampers;
  • Implemented biodiversity initiatives including bat and bird boxes, wildlife pond and reptile hibernaculums;
  • Have a “light minimisation strategy”;
  • Have three untethered electric vehicle charging points;;
  • Japanese soak tubs – a chemical free way to enjoy outside bathing;
  • Have a “Responsible Guest Charter”.

Provide a great guest experience, encouraging more people to enjoy a UK staycation!

Sustainability | The Roost Luxury Glamping Forest of Dean