New Forest Hotels are not just in the New Forest but part of it and so we try to do out bit to help preserve the environment we live and work in.
We undertake a number of activities to ensure that all our hotels are as environmentally friendly and ‘green’ as possible and we encourage all our guests to also be kind to the environment by promoting car-free travel to our hotels.
Resource Efficiency Audit
In order to improve our energy consumption and waste management and disposal we have undergone an environmental audit. The results of this have been invaluable in saving energy and improving the way we dispose of waste.
Monitoring the use of our resources
We monitor the usage of all our resources (water, gas and electricity) to see exactly how much we use and where we can conserve energy.
Use of energy saving bulbs
We are replacing standard light bulbs, wherever possible, with energy saving bulbs, to aid reducing our electricity use.
Environmentally friendly paper
We use paper made from trees in sustainable forests. Unfortunately we are unable to use recycled paper as it is not compatible with our office machinery, it is also heavily bleached and the chemical used in this process can be more detrimental to the environment.
As members of the New Forest Marque we buy from local suppliers, whenever possible, to prevent the cost that long distance transport has on our environment in terms of noise and air pollution. In addition we are instigating a program to reduce packaging by insisting on the use of reusable containers wherever possible.
Our Hotels do not wish to compromise the standards of service which we set and supply to our guests, but the gallons of water, use of energy and use of harmful detergents needed to launder our linens increases the impact on our environment. We therefore ask our guests to request a clean supply of bath linens only when they feel it necessary.
We turn down radiators instead of opening windows to reduce our gas consumption.
Car free discounts
We offer discounted rates to our guests that choose to travel to the New Forest car free. Please see our car free pages for more information.
In order to facilitate environmentally friendly policies throughout our group and encourage new ideas for being green we set up a ‘Green Team’, a group of employees with at least one representative from each hotel.
Future actions and strategies
Expansion of the recycling program
At present we have paper and glass recycling bins at all the hotels. We are currently piloting a food waste scheme at the BEST WESTERN Forest Lodge Hotel that we hope to roll out across the group in the near future.
Reduction of energy consumption
In addition to the program we have already initiated by monitoring consumption of our resources, we shall be pursuing further reductions as our consumption patterns become clearer. Any ideas we implement will not result in any inconvenience for our guests or staff.