We try, as a family, to be as green as possible, growing our own veg, cutting back on the number of trips we make in the car as well as keeping chickens, lambs, ducks and pigs to provide us with our own organic meat that we know have been looked after and not ploughed full of the bad stuff. So when it came to developing the farm, this was very much at the forefront of our minds. Every decision was carefully considered, questioning the ways in which we could make it ‘more green’.
This is our sixth year at Loveland Farm and we have come a long way since we first started out!
We dream of building a sustainable future and have developed the campsite using green technologies such as our recycled woodchip 110kw biomass system, 5kw solar panels and award winning compost loos. The Griffin design studio and way of life involves a mindful and considered approach to our products and energy consumption.
We take recycling very seriously but feel that reducing the amount of waste we produce is our most important factor.
There are many other factors to consider and we are learning new things everyday and whist total self-sufficiency feels like a long way off we’re definitely making steps in the right direction.
All of our pods have compost loos, composting toilets require no water, electricity or drainage and are environmentally friendly, using no chemicals and producing no pollution. Why do we put drinking water down the toilet and sewage into the sea?
We grow most of our own vegetables but also support many local farmers and small holders in their endevours to live self sufficient lifestyles. We help curate a local farmers market and take part in local seed swaps too.
Our pigs, lambs, chickens and ducks are bought locally and raised on the farm and we sell the produce to our guests.
Getting around rural parts of Devon can be tricky without a car, but keep your carbon footprint in mind when your with us as there are plenty of ways to get about using public transport. For buses to Bude visit Western Greyhound, the 519 runs from Hartland into Bude 4 times a day, you can download the timetable here. Plus there’s plenty to do in and around Hartland all within walking distance, if you fancy going a little further a field, bring your bike or hire one from Bideford Bicycle Hire (on Torrington Street) and visit gps-routes for trails in North Devon.