The threat posed by climate change and the need to preserve natural resources are some of the most important issues facing us today. At Red Carnation, we are keenly aware of our responsibility to confront these problems head-on, and have instituted a Green Team to investigate and implement the ways we can contribute to this global process.
These vary from large-scale initiatives – such as a clear policy on recycling, installing solar panels to provide energy and dimmer switches to conserve it, and finding ways to reuse waste for flushing toilets and watering plants – to such apparently trivial responses as reusing scrap paper as notepaper.
We are committed to our community and dedicated to social responsibility. Supporting local charity, conservation, preservation, nature, heritage and green initiatives including the personal development of each member of the Red Carnation team, is at the heart of everything we do.
Smoked & cured meats from Capreolus of Rampisham
Fish from Samways of Bridport
Dairy products from Longman of West Cadbury
Meat from Complete Meats of Axminster
Meat from Sean Viking, Axminster
Eggs from S W Vickery of Rampisham
Bread from Evershot Bakery
Cheeses: Deven Blue, Ticklemore Cheese ,Totnes; Vulscombe Goats Cheese, Tiverton; Smoked Acre, North Cadbury; Vale of Camelot, North Cadbury; Dorset White, Chalke Valley, Cranborne; Cream & Milk from Blackmore Vale Dairy
Weekly changing local beers such as Dorset Brewing Company, Yeovil Ales and Otter Brewery
Sparkling wine from Langham Estate, Dorchester
Sparkling soft drinks from The Orchard Pig Farm, West Bradlet Orchards, Glastonbury
Recycle all paper, cardboard, glass, printer cartridges & batteries, aerosols, plastics and cans
Use energy saving light bulbs
Green practices training for all staff
We ask that guests put towels they want replacing into the bath so we don’t replace unnecessarily
A water saving toilet flushing system
Our own herb garden
Water butts are used to water our plants and herb garden
Belu water - the only 100% carbon neutral water company giving all profits to Water Aid
Toiletries from REN, Devon - paraben free
Food waste is collected and taken to a bio-digester 10 minutes away where is is turned into electricity and all the bi-product is collected by local farmers and used as fertiliser on their fields
We compost all vegetable peelings, tea bags and coffee granules
Proud to have only one general waste bin collected every week
All half used toiletries and soaps from the rooms are taken to Yeovil Night Shelter
Lost property that has been unclaimed after 6 months is taken to charity shops
We ask all fish suppliers to recycle all polystyrene packaging that is used to deliver their produce
We source as much produce from high quality sustainable sources within 20 miles, therefore reducing delivery miles and supporting local economy
The Green Team
Our green initiatives are all supported and encouraged by Red Carnation Hotels, as a family run brand they are committed to acting sustainably. Red Carnation have reached a number of green milestones and donated hundreds of thousands of pounds to charities such as Great Ormand Street Hospital and The Starlight Foundation.
We are a proud partner of The Starlight Foundation who work tirelessly to grant the wishes of seriously and terminally ill children; and Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital, one of the world's leading hospitals for children.
An optional £1 is added to our guests' bills and we match each donation pound for pound. Additionally, profits from Founder & President, Bea Tollman's, cookbook A Life in Food are donated to these two charities.
In addition our restaurants regularly raise money for the following charities:
Action Against Hunger – Love Food Give Food campaign
A charity that saves the lives of malnourished children and provides families with access to safe water and good nutrition.
StreetSmart raises thousands of pounds for homeless charities in cities across the UK every year during November and December.
"To support local business, community and our own staff as well as contribute to global conservation, nature and heritage projects in conjunction with TreadRight"
Managing Director - Red Carnation Hotels