We are really committed to making the House and surrounding buildings more sustainable. So far we have

  • Planted about 20 trees
  • Created a vegetable garden with fruit cage so that we grow much of our fruit and vegetables
  • Installed a rainwater unit that captures rainwater from our roof and is used in our vegetable garden
  • Our own hens in their free range space in our veg garden and they provide us with fresh eggs
  • Low energy light bulbs being used where possible
  • Installed many bird and bat boxes to support our flying friends
  • Planted traditional hedgerows to support the local ecology


Toiletries in our bathrooms are ecologically approved and do not contain any parabens or sulphates. This means they are suitable for everyone.


Lichfield District Council has the best recycling record in the country. According to figures published by the Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra), 46.2% of all household waste in the district is recycled or composted. This is more than two-and-a-half times the national target rate of 17%.

We do all we can to recycle and when we can’t, our waste is sorted into:
•   Newspapers, card, yoghurt pots, bottles, tins, plastic
•   Items suitable for compost bin (uncooked food scraps, torn newspaper, grass cuttings)
•   Other items go into landfill

The Aga

We have an Aga in the kitchen and use this for everything. From making toast to boiling water, airing clothes and drying tomatoes.  It’s the original ‘all energy’ cooker!