Sustainable Travel and Tourism
Our Sustainability Policy:
Here at Higher Pendeen we have given careful consideration to the way in which we wanted to develop our business to limit our impact on our beautiful surroundings and the wider environment. The farm has been in the family for over four generations and it is part of us. Our green credentials are paramount and permeate everything we do to give customers a semi wild camping experience with a clear conscious.
We are a working farm with sheep, goats, horses and vegetables. We do not use any harmful and artificial pesticides or fertiliser on our land which is critical as we are situated on a rolling hill between two rivers and so close to the sea, so that nothing harmful washes into the watercourses. We work with the environment agency to ensure the waterways on our land are not polluted by any effluent and that they are well maintained. Our cleaning products are plant based and kinder to the environment.
We use natural methods including biopesticides on our fruits and vegetables, in addition to well-rotted livestock dung to fertilise the land. This comes from our own livestock who have only been fed on our own grass and hay.
Wildlife and Habitat Creation
We have set aside areas of the farm to provide habitats for native birds, waterfowl, invertebrates, mammals, reptiles and amphibians and we have an abundance of biodiversity on the farm. Our low intensity farming and livestock husbandry methods enable us to provide responsible stewardship of our land to co-exist alongside native flora and fauna without harming or moving them. We are working towards creating a small woodland on the Northwest sheep walks of the farm. We plant native wildflowers and fruit trees for pollinators on the campsite. Our moor field is wetland for part of the year, encouraging wildlife and we continue to manage it that way, providing an important wildlife corridor throughout the valley. Our current chosen corporate charity partner is ‘Buglife’.
Resource Efficiency: A low Impact approach
Our low light and noise policy maintains the integrity of the AGLV (Area of Great Landscape Value) and the wildlife habitats within. There is no permanent infrastructure for the campsite which may harm the flora and fauna. We provide sustainable firewood and charcoal for our guests on site. We encourage our guests to save water by limiting the amount they use, to use the recycling facilities including compost bin to minimise any food waste. The only lighting on site is low luminance and solar powered. Furniture is upcycled where possible and bat, bird, insect and small mammal boxes and hotels are made from waste wood, in the wider aim to contribute to a Circular Economy.
Health & Wellbeing
We encourage the positive health and the wellbeing of our guests by providing a quiet peaceful space designed to temporarily transport them from the stresses and strains of everyday life. We offer our chemical free local produced and home grown vegetables and wild herbs from the meadow to enhance their meals. We provide a mown path straight to the sea to encourage walking rather than driving to the beach.
We actively promote local independent businesses and services to our guests, helping to create a year-round thriving economy, community and a sustainable tourism hive, including low food miles for guests. This is achieved through our social media, blog and our App for guests pre arrival, as well as our personalised recommendations on sourcing food and other supplies – providing a bespoke and friendly service. We support environmental charities to continue important work at a local, national and global scale, in addition to fundraising for our local education providers. We donate excess vegetable produce to St Petrocs and the Trussell Trust. Our aim is to ensure our suppliers are ethical, sustainable and local wherever possible. We are a member of the Coast Network, which provides the opportunity for an association of organisations and individuals committed to the successful development of sustainable tourism in Cornwall to exchange ideas, knowledge and expertise.
We are creating a climate action plan to meet our SME Climate Hub and Glasgow Declaration targets by reducing our carbon footprint in our own home, on our farm and on our campsite and are always introducing new ideas, products and processes to improve our sustainability credentials. We actively encourage public transport and walking where possible by having this information on hand for guests.
Our sustainability policy is designed to be fluid and dynamic, encouraging lifelong learning about how to contribute to a healthy planet and a sustainable global community. Our carbon plan will work to replace all fossil fuel energy use with renewables and we are working towards offsetting our guests travel footprint by a rolling program of native hedge replanting, tree planting and habitat creation.
We delighted to be a small corporate investor in BugLife, which means 5% of our profits from direct bookings goes towards supporting this amazing charity creating habitats and developing the conservation of all invertebrates, land, air, fresh water and sea.
Our sustainable farming methods and sustainable campsite align perfectly with BugLifes’ aims to halt the extinction of invertebrate species and to achieve sustainable populations.
Invertebrates and pollinators are vital to farming which is why we are so invested in providing and conserving habitats on our land.
The farm is also on a B-Line, which provides a network of habitats for these little guys. We will be sharing our own practical conservation projects and giving tips on what you can do to help too.
- Take part in the Bugs Matter Survey by downloading the Buglife App which is available free in both IOS and Android
- Download the PDF below on how you can make your garden or outdoor space invertebrate-friendly
We are proud to be a South West Coast Path Way Maker friend, providing quality and affordable accommodation within one mile of the route.
Higher Pendeen Camping is serious about the climate emergency , which is why we’ve committed via @SMEClimateHub to halve emissions before 2030 and reach net zero emissions before 2050.
Higher Pendeen Camping is proud to be a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration on Climate Action in Tourism. As a signatory of the Glasgow Declaration, we commit to deliver plans aligned with the pathways to cut tourism emissions in half over the next decade and reach Net Zero emissions as soon as possible before 2050.
Higher Pendeen Camping commits to:
- Support the global commitment to halve emissions by 2030 and reach Net Zero as soon as possible before 2050;
- Deliver climate action plans within 12 months from becoming a signatory (or updating existing plans), and begin implementing them;
- Align plans with the five pathways of the Declaration (Measure, Decarbonise, Regenerate, Collaborate, Finance) to accelerate and co-ordinate climate action in tourism;
- Report publicly on an annual basis on progress against interim and long-term targets, as well as on actions being taken;
- Work in a collaborative spirit, sharing good practices and solutions, and disseminating information to encourage additional organisations to become signatories and supporting one another to reach targets as quickly as possible.