Green Tourism – Policy
lippesby Hall is a camping and touring park set in 34 acres of natural park and woodland located in the Norfolk Broads National Park area. We also offer self-catering accommodation ranging from 1 bedroom apartments to our 4 bedroom Coach House sleeping up to eight people.
We are proud to be members of the Green Tourism Business Scheme, and have been awarded a ‘Gold’ rating for our work in developing and promoting a sustainable tourism experience for our visitors.
In the recent past, we have taken the following actions:
- Introduced an active recycling campaign around the park for glass, cans, plastic, paper and cardboard that has achieved significant reductions in refuse collections
- Installed a solar water heating system for our swimming pool, which together with a new cover has reduced our reliance on oil-fired heating
- Researched, written and promoted our own guide to exploring the Broads National Park in a sustainable way, supporting independent local businesses and emphasizing the benefits of walking, cycling and canoeing
- Changed the focus of our marketing and booking process away from print media and towards the use of the internet, dramatically reducing the demand for our brochures
- Replaced almost all of the light bulbs around the park, in our toilet and shower facilities and in our self-catering accommodation with the most appropriate low-energy option, including the installation of motion activated lights in our main toilet and shower facilities
- Installed more efficient push-operated taps in our toilet and shower facilities to reduce water usage, replaced all external taps around the park to minimise water wastage through drips, installed water butts to collect rainwater, connected our reservoir to our own well to collect excess water and enabled a mobile facility to use this collected water around the park
- Included a number of locally sourced meat and fish products on our food menus and stock exclusively local draught ales and ciders in our bar and restaurant, together with a range of organic, Fairtrade wines
- Stock a number of Fairtrade and eco-friendly products in our shop
- Designed and installed new play equipment, cycle trail and on-site activities to enable visitors to enjoy more of their stay with us without leaving the park or using their cars
We are working in conjunction with the Broads Authority as a European Charter Park Partner in connection with the European Charter for Sustainable Tourism, and the main focus of our activities is on encouraging sustainability in respect of the interaction between tourism visitors, local businesses and the community, as well as the environment.
As supporters of the David Bellamy Conservation Scheme in conjunction with the BH&HPA, we have been in receipt of a ‘Gold’ award for many years.
We are corporate sponsors of the Norfolk Wildlife Trust and members of the Broads Tourism Forum, the Welcome Walkers and Welcome Cyclists scheme, support Sustrans in the form of donations for small repairs undertaken on visitors cycles and promote information on and access to the National Cycle Network.
Recent activity has also included:
- completing the installation of motion-activated lighting in our second main shower block after trialling this in our main facility
- introducing a scheme for visitors to commit to as many car-free days as possible during their holiday, rewarded by the dedication of a newly planted tree or bird/bat box around the park, aiming for a total of 500 car-free days
- switching our cleaning materials to environmentally friendly supplies and moving to a green tariff for electricity, two issues that have proved more difficult for us
- researching and writing a further guide to exploring the Broads National Park, based on walking
- building a new energy efficient, eco-friendly Reception, Information Centre, Coffee Shop and Bike Hire centre, replacing our most energy inefficient building