Next week is Green Tourism Week (6-12 June). Organised by the Green Tourism Business Scheme, it’s all about raising awareness of the benefits of going green – and how small things can make a big difference.

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Here at Bosinver, we’re passionate about all things green, and back in March, we were thrilled to retain our Gold award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

Our new eco-house, Lowen, has just been completed, and uses renewable technology including photovoltaic panels and ground source heat to provide electricity and hot water. Guests will be able to experience what it’s like to stay in a zero-carbon home and find out how renewable technologies work, and how practical they are to use. They’ll also be able to see how much energy is being generated and used at any moment.

We’re having an open day tomorrow to officially launch Lowen before the first guests arrive to stay in a few days. Anyone who’s around in Cornwall is welcome to come along and see it between 11am-5pm.

Many of our guests say that staying at Bosinver has inspired them to become more eco-friendly at home. If you’re looking for some ways to reduce your impact on the environment, here are a few things you could try:

Top Tips for Green Living

1. Have a car-free day out

Think about leaving the car at home and having a day out with the family.

If you’re down in Cornwall or planning your next holiday, take a look at our ‘50 things to do without a car guide’ for some inspiration on where to go, and how to get there.

2. Grow your own or buy organic

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Fresh salads and herbs are much nicer than the ones you get in the supermarket, and are really easy to grow, even if you’ve only got a small garden, or even a window box. We grow a range of salads in our herb garden which we actively encourage guests to pick.

There are lots of organic veg bag/box schemes around which offer delicious seasonal veg. When you’re next down at Bosinver, try one of the veg bags from People and Gardens. They’ll deliver direct to your cottage, and the money you spend will be help provide opportunities for people with physical and emotional impairments at The Eden Project’s Watering Lane Nursery.

If you fancy growing your own, but haven’t got the space where you live, there are lots of allotment schemes springing up all over the country.

3. Enjoy the great outdoors

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Children love den-building, pond dipping and making campfires with our Wild Kids Club. But there’s also lots of things you can do at home. Why not go for a nature walk and challenge your family to see how many different birds, animals, flowers or trees they can identify. The Woodland Trust has some great free downloadable factpacks to help you get spotting.

4. Get composting

We’ve got compost caddies in all our cottages which use bio-degradable bags. Composting cuts down on waste which would otherwise go in to the bin, and it it’s great for your garden too!

5. Green cleaning
If you’re not already using them, give eco-friendly cleaning products a try. Our cleaners get our cottages sparkling using eco-friendly cleaning products from Green My Business. Not only are they better for the environment, they’re also more effective, which means we need to use less product, which is good news all round.

If you’ve got any other tips for going green we’d love to hear them.