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At Stubcroft we try to adopt a range of strategies for sustainable living. As well as things like recycling and adopting sustainable farming practices described in more detail on the other pages, these include:

Fair Trade, Organic & Ethical purchasing: Wherever possible we use Fairtrade and Organic produce to ensure high quality food, tea & coffee etc. for our campsite and shop and our own use. Fairtrade products are those that give a fair percentage of the profits to the farmers or growers. This helps them to support themselves, their families and their communities, by using the extra income to invest in building schools community infrastructure projects like safe water supplies and business improvements. For more information, go to www.fairtrade.org.uk .

We also prefer to purchase from ethical retailers such as the Co-op & known local producers. When choosing products wherever possible we try to choose products that do not incur high “food miles” or high energy costs (ie: unseasonal forced produce).

Repair & renew: We try to repair and renew wherever possible and adapt old things for new uses.

Reducing energy consumption: All the lighting in the new amenity block and around the campsite is low consumption LED lighting and when purchasing new equipment we make sure that is A rated and as energy efficient as possible. The new amenity block is extremely well insulated and solar panels produce 60-70% of our hot water reducing energy consumption. We are currently exploring ways of reducing our use of fossil fuels further and adapting a combined strategy of solar thermal, solar PV and heating from biofuels Watch our news pages for developments.

Public transport: To encourage visitors to use public transport we give discounts to guests and campers of £1 per night for those arriving by public transport, bicycle or on foot. We can sometimes arrange lifts from Chichester station of bus stops for guests, please ask if this would help your visit.

New Amenity Block:
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he New Amenity block has been designed to be completely environmentally friendly. The building is highly insulated to minimise heat loss and designed to allow maximum natural light and ventilation during hot periods. Lighting is by low energy LED panels and solar thermal panels provide 60-70% of the hot water for showers & washbasins etc. and also provide underfloor heating when needed. The waste is processed by an environmentally friendly biodigester and provision has been made for rainwater collection and use. It is hoped that new solar photovoltaic panels will be installed within the next year to power the amenity block and hook-ups with any surplus going into the National Grid.

Sustainable Farming: We are adapting our farming practices to more sustainable methods. For example, we have replaced traditional sheep dipping (which used organophosphate dips) with more environmentally friendly treatments. We use manures to reduce artificial fertiliser useage and do not use insecticide of fungicide sprays. We have gone back to a system of using smaller paddocks to provide a clean rotational grazing system for the sheep to reduce the use of antiparasitic drenches. We only use antibiotics when absolutely necessary for animal welfare, (not for routine treatments) and we do not use any type of chemical growth promoters or other types of artificial additives.

Above left: The tractor preparing to muckspread. Left: Sheep in a fresh pasture.

 

 

 

 

 

Repairing a trailer outside the farm workshop.

 

 

Solar Panels

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Cycling on West Wittering beach.

 

Muckspreader

Sheep under trees in a fresh pasture.