Stoke by Nayland Hotel, Golf, Spa & Lodges resort receives most of its heat and power supply from the biogas converted from the AD plant.  The resort has also installed further sources of green energy such as PV Solar panels on the roofs of the hotel and its five eco lodges, ground source heat pumps and air source heat pumps.  With all of these initiatives there is enough green energy to satisfy all of the resort’s requirements, and the team is proud to have won awards for “Best Green Enterprise” and “Sustainable Tourism” and to have become a “Green 100 East Anglian Business”.

When the Gainsborough and Constable golf courses were constructed in the 1970s conservation was a priority for Bill and Devora Peake.  They planted 60,000 trees and created picturesque lakes and water features, taking great care to work with and enhance the inherent beauty of the landscape. After the courses were built, the area became part of the Dedham Vale designated “Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.”

Six hectares of species-rich semi-natural grassland and permanent very low input grassland on the golf courses are managed in such a way as to encourage and protect wild flowers and provide a habitat for small mammals as well as butterflies and insects. Grass from the golf courses is collected and either composted with the waste food, digestate and ash or is sent to the AD plant on the farm to be fermented to produce biogas for conversion into green energy.

Sustainable environmental practices on our two Golf Courses.

  • We have planted over 60,000 trees during the past 40 years.
  • A pro-active woodland management system.
  • We log fallen trees into piles to encourage wildlife.
  • Our hedges are managed to encourage their use as nesting sites for the numerous birds in the area.
  • We compost all our grass cuttings and leaves to be re-used on site.
  • Pest and disease control are carried out within an IPM (integrated pest management) programme to minimise the use of fertilisers and chemicals into the environment.
  • Regular ecological assessments are carried out via English Nature, STRI and the EGU.Â
  • We work closely with the Environment Agency, Suffolk Wildlife Trust, Writtle and Otley Colleges, the PGA and European Seniors Tour to ensure best practice is maintained.
  • A register is kept of any hazardous materials, and such materials are securely stored and usage is monitored.
  • The water used on the golf courses comes from one of four reservoirs on site and is distributed by an intelligent irrigation system, which carefully monitors soil moisture and applies only the water that is needed.

Energy and waste management in our Resort

  • We use low energy lamps equating now to 60% of the hotel lighting or low voltage light fittings.
  • The heating/lighting in our bedrooms is only activated when a key card is placed in a designated slot.
  • Most of our public areas, function rooms, toilets etc. are on movement detector sensors which will only activate lights once movement is detected.
  • Our heating systems are on time clocks.
  • Hotel guests are encouraged to re-use towels/linen each day to save on washing energy and detergent.
  • We ask hotel and lodge guests to support our green practices by re-using towels when possible and recycling waste using special bins provided in the lodges.
  • Inverter driven heating systems are used throughout the Hotel as an alternative to more traditional heating systems.
  • We use water savers in all flushing toilets.
  • An in-line oil/chemical catchment tank has been fitted to the storm drain leading from the maintenance facility and car park.
  • We use thermal covers on the swimming pool and spa to prevent heat loss when pool areas are closed.
  • We use local companies and manufacturers for our produce and supplies.
  • Warm air is heated by reclaimed heat from the pool.
  • Low levels of chemicals are used in the pool.
  • All of our kitchen oil is sent for recycling.
  • Bottles are recycled via our own bottle bank.
  • Re-use of envelopes and other paper for internal communication.
  • Use of e-mail wherever possible to save on paper.
  • We recycle our empty ink cartridges and toners.

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