Green Tourism Silver Award 4 star graded farmhouse accommodation Enjoy England Silver Award Enjoy England Breakfast Award

Farmhouse bed and breakfast, award winning B&B on a Devon working farm near Modbury, South of Dartmoor in the South Hams, Devon.

Environmental Policy

Hillhead Farm is a working farm with an associated holiday business providing bed and breakfast accommodation.

We are members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, and hold a Gold Award, which recognises our commitment to a more sustainable way of life. 

We are determined to minimise our impact on the environment and we run the farm on organic lines, providing facilities for our visitors which will enable future generations to enjoy the benefits of the countryside for holidays and relaxation as much as we do.

As a business, we will:

  • ensure that we meet the requirements set by environmental law, prevent pollution, and fulfil the legal Duty of Care for waste disposal
  • aim to ensure we minimise the harmful effects and maximise the beneficial influences that our own activities have on the environment
  • fulfil the obligations of membership of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS), which provides accreditation and encouragement for tourism businesses to help reduce the environmental impact of tourism

To deliver our environmental commitment we have implemented the following actions:

  • Use and promotion of local produce by using local shops
  • Waste minimisation by avoiding packaging
  • Recycling glass bottles, paper, food and drink cans, plastic bottles
  • We have a very efficient compost heap!
  • We encourage the use of public transport, bicycles and walking
  • We promote and support local environmental projects
  • We waste almost nothing – vegetable peelings are fed to the cows and all plate scrapings to our dogs, the ducks eat all leftover toast!
  • We grow a great deal of our own vegetables in our organic garden, thereby advocating the use of seasonal produce
  • The farm is run using organic and traditional principles
  • Use of low energy bulbs when practicable
  • All cleaning products and washing powders are environmentally friendly
  • Liquid soap, shower gel, shampoo and handcream for guests' use is chemical free
  • We use recycled loo paper and kitchen roll
  • We have several water butts, and one of the cattle buildings uses only harvested rainwater
  • We have a water meter, but have also sunk a borehole to use our own water (not in operation yet)
  • We have a green tariff for electricity, Solar PV panels have recently been installed, allowing us to use our own home-generated electricity, or export it to the Grid
  • We use wood grown on the farm for our two woodburners, and the open fire in the dining room
  • In May 2013 we installed a wood-chip boiler, which heats the house and all the hot water - far more efficiently than our two oil-fired boilers used to and at a fraction of the cost to ourselves AND the environment
  • We provide allotments for the Parish, and pump water from a spring to supply water for the use of allotmenteers 

This policy is available to all who are interested in our approach to environmental issues