Our Environment

As an organisation, English Lakes take our responsibility to the environment seriously. This is about striking the right balance between short-term economic interests and the long-term health of the local environment.

How We Provide Support

Over the last sixteen years we have worked in close association with Nurture Lakeland to minimise the negative impacts of tourism, whilst maximising the positive effects of tourism on the local economic, social and environmental causes.

Nurture Lakeland

Nurture Lakeland is a charity set up to protect the landscape and environment of Cumbria and the Lake District. They represent 1,200 individual businesses of all sizes. Money donated supports a vast range of projects. The beauty of the local landscape and wonderful wildlife are enjoyed by millions of visitors each year, but the effect of this footfall does have an impact upon the environment which must be addressed and this costs money. One simple and effective way that Nurture Lakeland encourage is Visitor Giving, spreading the cost of the vital work as broadly as possible, proving that if everybody gives a little it does, indeed, go a long way.

Visitor Giving at English Lakes

At English Lakes we invite each guest to give a voluntary donation of £1 at the end of their stay. Most folks are happy to contribute in the knowledge that the money raised is working hard to protect and maintain the landscape for future generations.

The money raised is used to support a whole host of projects across Cumbria, delivered by many committed organisations who are working hard to protect our beautiful landscape, support our local communities and promote our wonderful heritage.

"It is a pleasure to work with English Lakes in the campaign for sustainable tourism in the whole area. The contribution they make to conservation is outstanding"
Nurture Lakeland


Each of our five properties achieved Gold certification for excellence in the Green Tourism Business Awards with the elevation of both Waterhead and The Midland joining our other three properties with the highest level awarded by Green Tourism.

Supported Projects

Fix The Fells

The Fix The Fells team of highly skilled rangers and volunteers work tirelessly to repair our mountain paths and rely on donations.

The Lake District fells are enjoyed by millions of walkers every year but the high level paths can be surprisingly fragile and the sheer number of visitors leave a mark on the landscape. Over time grass is compacted by heavy foot traffic and dies. Heavy rainfall quickly washes away the exposed soil down the steep slopes into streams, rivers and eventually the lakes, where the increased amount of silt causes havoc for fish and other species.

This project is supported by our Low Wood Bay hotel.

Barkbooth Lot

Barkbooth Lot is situated near the head of the Winster Valley and includes rough fell land, oak woodland and meadow.

In the last year, the nature reserve has seen an impressive 250m of wall restored, running around the boundary of Barkbooth. As well as this, part of the pond in the woodland was dredged to allow for some open water in the reserve. Wall, fence and path maintenance are all ongoing tasks year-on-year.

The roadside trees in the reserve have been cleared, and wildflower seed and plug plants were sown and planted in Howbarrow Meadow to try and increase species diversity. Over the last year, bird boxes have been cleaned out and monitored over the breeding season. Dragonflies have also been monitored. Further species surveys are to be undertaken to ensure that species diversity at Barkbooth is flourishing.

This project is supported by our Low Wood Bay hotel.

The John Muir Award

The John Muir Award encourages people of all backgrounds to connect with, enjoy and care for wild places through a structured yet adaptable scheme. It encourages awareness and responsibility for the natural environment, in a spirit of fun, adventure and exploration.

Cumbria Outdoors use the John Muir Award with young people aged 7-19. Through activities to enjoy, explore and understand the outdoors they raise awareness of the importance of conserving wild places. As part of this the young people take responsibility for the environment through hands-on activities such as footpath maintenance, woodland management or non-native invasive species control.

This project is supported by our The Waterhead hotel.

Warton Crag Butterflies

Warton Crag nature reserve is part of the Arnside and Silverdale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty in Lancashire. The reserve has a rich variety of habitats including areas of limestone pavement and ledges, with mixed woodland, limestone grassland and scrub.

This reserve is important nationally because it is home to several rare butterfly species, northern brown argus, pearl bordered fritillary and high brown fritillary, which are UK Biodiversity Action Plan (BAP) species. By working with local volunteers the project hopes to strengthen links with the local community, raise awareness and increase support to assist with management and monitoring work at Warton Crag in the future.

This project is supported by the Lancaster House hotel.

Living Seas - Lancashire Wild Life Trust

Hidden beneath the surface of the Irish Sea are landscapes every bit as varied as those we see on land, with undersea cliffs, caves, valleys and mountains which are home to thousands of plants and animals from tiny anemones to the majestic basking shark.

For centuries our seas riches have been taken for granted. Fragile habitats have been destroyed. Pollution, inappropriate fishing gear and the effects of climate change have had major detrimental impacts on our marine environment.

The Lancashire Wild Life Trust's Living Seas vision is that wildlife thrives, from the depths of the ocean to the coastal shallows.

Our seas have a remarkable capacity to recover, but only if we give them the chance. The Wildlife Trusts have helped to secure the Marine and Coastal Access Act,

This project is supported by our The Midland hotel.

Nurture Lakeland Small Grants Fund

The Nurture Lakeland Small Grants Fund allows Nurture Lakeland to give grants of up to £1,000 to local community groups and organisations for small scale projects which make a difference to local communities.

This project is supported by our The Wild Boar.

"We are committed to doing everything in our power to protect and sustain our local, natural and global environment for future generations"
Nevil Jeffery, Green Champions Manager.

Environmental Policy

Our Policy:

  • Minimise our carbon footprint
  • Reduce the amount of waste going to landfill
  • Extend our sustainable sourcing
  • Help improve local businesses and our local community within our supply chain
  • Take steps to encourage both our guests and employees to lead healthier lifestyles
  • Educating our guests on car free transport and exploration around our hotels and adhering to the Countryside Code.

Did you know:
Lancaster House has generated enough renewable energy to power 512 computers for 1 year, the hotel has also avoided pumping 99,550kg of CO2 Greenhouse Gases in to the atmosphere since their PV installation.

Our Hotels:

  • When renewing company cars, incentive is provided to users choosing a hybrid vehicle.
  • Green Champions, employees from across the company, meet regularly to formalise and promote new ideas and working practices.
  • We record energy usage every half hour allowing accurate monitoring of our energy consumption and energy saving initiatives.
  • Sophisticated lighting management systems reduce wattage by 50% in public areas.
  • PIR (passive infra red) occupancy lighting controls in back office corridors/store rooms and public toilets. These controls reduce energy consumption by switching lights off when people are no longer in these areas.
  • New efficient gas boilers, controlled to deliver heat only where needed, have been installed at Low Wood Bay and Lancaster House. In October 2012 a bio-fuel energy system which uses locally sourced wood chips was installed at The Wild Boar Inn.
  • Open fires are used during cold or winter periods and estate wood is used for fuel, reducing transportation of ready cut logs.
  • Watercoolers have been introduced in all our conference rooms, reducing transportation and glass bottle waste.
  • All glass and over 75% of cardboard is recycled.
  • Solar Panels have been fitted to The Wild Boar Inn, Waterhead and Lancaster House hotels.
  • The Ecopure refillable drinking water system at Low Wood Bay reduces our bottle waste by 12,000 bottles per annum.
  • Lancaster House provides guests with 2 electric charge points for recharging electrically powered vehicles.

Did you know: The Low Wood Bay site recycles 26 tons of rubbish a year. That is the weight of 4 killer whales!

Our Bedrooms:

  • Energy management systems are successfully used in 75% of our bedrooms to control heating, lighting and power.
  • We use low-energy bulbs where possible.
  • We change bed linen after the second night unless requested.
  • All our tea trays are stocked with Fair Trade certified products.
  • Kettles are of 1 litre capacity or less to save energy boiling water that is not required.

Did you know:
If everyone in the UK installed three energy-saving light bulbs, we would save enough energy to power all the UK’s street lighting for a year.

Our Bathrooms:

  • Baths and showers are fitted with aerated fittings to reduce the amount of water used.
  • The majority of our toilets are fitted with save-a-flush devises which hold water in the cistern ensuring water is not wasted during flushing.
  • By defaulting to changing room towels when guests request we are able to reduce both our water and detergent usage.
  • Our toilet rolls are certified 100% British recycled.
  • We provide large eco-pump bottles of bathroom toiletries to minimise wastage.

Did you know:
Aerated fittings can SAVE 20 litres of water per 4 minute shower.


  • We have an online and telephone booking system which enables us to send all correspondence via email, reducing paper and postage miles.
  • Guests are able to view bedrooms, sample restaurant menus, facilities and full live bedroom availability for up to 12 months ahead on our website, reducing print materials.
  • All used paper is either re-cycled or shredded for lighting our open fires.
  • Wood on our open fires is from local felled trees.
  • We have bike racks and a secure room available for the storage of guests’ bicycles.
  • During summer season, Low Wood Bay offers a WATERBUS service to Ambleside directly from the hotel and we strongly recommend Mountain Goat Tours and Windermere Lake Cruises allowing guests to leave the car and explore the area the ‘greener way’.

Did you know:
We save 11 trees a year by emailing confirmation letters to our guests.

Food & Beverage:

  • We use only British meats
  • Our fresh fish products are from sustainable resources
  • We use locally sourced products wherever possible.
  • We use a local brewery to offer a selection of real ales both on draught and in bottle form.
  • All our wines and spirits are sourced locally.
  • Ales brewed at The Wild Boar microbrewery are sold on site as well as being supplied to all English Lakes venues.
  • To the best of our knowledge, all of our products are GM free products.
  • The 'Seafood Festival' hosted by The Midland, both celebrates and promotes local produce and producers.
  • Waterhead hotels roasts it's own coffee beans.
  • Vegetable peelings and coffee grinds are composted at Lancaster House and provided to a local farm for spreading on the farm's fields.

We buy locally sourced products – they are thousands of miles fresher!

On our doorstep:

  • English Lakes, with the help of our guests, have contributed over £176,000 to Nurture Lakeland conservation projects in the Lakes and North Lancashire.
  • Each year, English Lakes support over 50 local and national charities.
  • We have planted 2,000 native trees including Oak, Ash, Scots Pine, Rowan, Hazel and Douglas Fir at Low Wood Bay.
  • 90 bird boxes have been installed to protect rare song birds.
  • Barn owl boxes have been installed at Low Wood Bay and The Wild Boar
  • Dormouse boxes have been placed within the Wild Boar estate.
  • We carefully maintain 72 acres of ancient woodland at The Wild Boar as a place of wildlife education and recreation.

Innovation and The Future

  • A second Biomass Boiler at our Lancaster House site.
  • Researching our own hydroelectric plant.
  • World class sustainable convention centre at Low Wood Bay.
  • A community project, supported by English Lakes, saw a Morecambe Bay Primary School science project launch our children's mascot, Sam the dog, into space and international new headlines.
  • Low Wood Bay is currently implementing a number of renewable projects over the next 12 months. These projects include a hydroelectric scheme, rainwater harvesting for Low Wood Club and a combined heat and power system.