The Westmorland Hotel is very proud
of its local links and strong agricultural roots. We are keen to support and
promote the local community, encourage visitors to stay in the area, but most
importantly to us, protect the area.
We have been recycling and reducing
waste for some time now, but it is just recently that we have made guests aware
of the Nurture Lakeland Scheme we are actively involved with. This scheme
recognises that the hotel has taken significant steps to reduce the operational
impact on the environment and local community, which includes; energy and water
conservation, encouraging the use of public transport and reduction in waste
generation by recycling and reusing.
Funding conservation through tourism
The hotel is also involved with The
Tourism & Conservation Partnership.
All our hotel bedrooms have a letter
inviting their guests to contribute any small change which will go towards the
partnership for projects in Cumbria such as rebuilding footpaths, repairing
fences, and providing safe havens for animals. Already £1,400 has been raised
for the access enhancement work at Waitby Greenriggs Nature Reserve.
Guest donations will help to enhance
public access by installing two flights of steps on steep slopes so providing a
circular route on the second part of the reserve.
We are also working on another
project with the Tourism and Conservation Partnership to teach children about
the importance of our rivers. The
'Experience the River' project aims to educate children about the importance of
water to South Cumbria's biodiversity, landscape, history and society.
Children from local schools get the
opportunity to visit their local rivers and study and draw the river life that
they find there. They take part in river
dipping, investigate the riverbank habitat, make rubbings of tree bark and
record any insect life found. They draw
cross sections of the river and create a painting based on different levels of
the river from its bed to its bank to the air above, inspired by their river
The project hopes to nurture an
interest in and understanding of our rivers and lakes for generations to come.