Green Tourism Award
Here at Cameron Lodges we believe that we are all responsible for looking after our planet. This ethos guides us in our everyday jobs and ensures we consider the planet by carrying out simple behavioural changes such as correctly disposing of our rubbish, picking up litter, recycling where we can, or saving energy by switching off lights when a room isn’t in use. For our resort conservation team, it also means creating habitats for animals and birds, increasing feeding opportunities and protecting their natural environments.
We’re therefore delighted that the resort was recently awarded Silver status by Green Tourism and we are working hard towards achieving the Gold award.
Find out more about our environmental and recycling policy by reading our Green Statement.
Explore some of our current resort initiatives that are helping us become a more sustainable business below. From improving energy efficiency across our 115 self-catering properties, to supporting the resort conservation team with various initiatives to improve the natural habitat of the creatures that we share the resort with.
Increasing Our Energy Efficiency
We’re currently investing in an extensive programme of refurbishment within our 115 self-catering properties at Cameron House and Cameron Club. Becoming more energy efficient guides all our refurb decisions. As part of the refurbishment, we have
- Installed energy saving light bulbs
- LED bulbs require much less wattage than more traditional light bulbs, which is why LED bulbs are more energy efficient and long lasting than the other types of bulb.
- Replaced old washing machines and tumble dryers with new A++ efficiency rated appliances
- Following an EU directive, household appliances are graded A – G, A being the most energy efficient. Our choice of A++ ensures washing and drying is carried out at optimal efficiency.
- Swapped to LED lights
- LED lights are up to 80% more efficient than traditional lighting because 95% of the energy is converted into light, and only 5% is wasted as heat.
Conserving Our Natural & Cultural Heritage
Resort Conservation Manager, Jenny Paterson runs a series of conservation initiatives at the Cameron Club & Spa resort (formerly The Carrick Estate). In her Estate Ranger Brochure, you can learn more about the rich biodiversity on the resort, find out where you can spot some of our local wildlife, and information on educational initiatives such as The Enchanted Wood.
We’ve also spotlighted some of her recent initiatives below to improve our rich natural heritage.
Helping To Save The Bees
As many of you will be aware, bees are in decline worldwide and this is extremely worrying. Almost 90% of wild plant species and over 75% of crops we use for food depend in part on pollination by bees, butterflies and other animals. The reasons for the fall in numbers include; intensive agriculture, pesticide use, pollution, the arrival of species from different parts of the world, disease, the use of genetically modified crops and climate change. In response to this worrying decline in bees, in May 2019 Green Tourism launched their Save the Bees campaign.
There are several ways to improve life for bees and butterflies, and here at the Cameron House resort our passionate and dedicated team of rangers strive to manage the Estate with as much empathy for the natural world as possible. We don’t use insecticides; we allow areas of grass and wild flowers to grow, and most recently, we invited the Helensburgh & District Beekeepers Association to locate some of their hives on our land. The location of the hives is purposefully vague so as to ensure minimal disturbance, so if you do happen to stumble across them, please don’t get too close.
The Wee Garden, situated after the bridge on The Carrick Golf Course, just before you walk across the road to the 9th tee, is a haven for all types of insects but the primary motivation for the creation of this garden was the UK’s declining bee population. The garden contains lots of bee friendly plants that flower between March and September and you’ll often see lots of bees, insects and butterflies during this time.
We’re delighted to be doing our bit to help re-instate the world’s bee population and will keep you updated with our progress over on our blog. Looking to create your own bee-friendly garden? Read Green Tourism’s top 10 bee-friendly gardening tips for beginners.
We have a variety of bat species living on the resort, including Daubenton and Soprano Pipistrelle bats, and our resort conservation team make sure they are well looked after! The Carrick Golf Course provides the perfect habitat for these creatures. In particular, the small gathering of mature beech trees at the 13th green provides a home for bats in the form of bat boxes, which make up just two of the 14 bat boxes which are dotted around the Cameron Club & Spa resort. If you’re a guest at one of our luxury Cameron Club cottages, you may have spotted the two heated bat boxes located on the side of the buildings. These are generally used as maternity roosts for female Soprano Pipistrelle bats and just one example of how seriously we take our custodianship of these curious little creatures.
During the summer months Jenny runs guided bat walks to help our guests discover more about the bat population on the resort. Guests can expect to find out the difference between the calls of the different types of bats and learn all about their habitat, food and the conservation challenges we’re facing.
The Bug Hotel at The Enchanted Wood
Previously an overgrown area of woodland nestled in between the 17th tee and the 18th green of The Carrick Golf Course, The Enchanted Wood is now a beautiful wildlife haven. Originally possible thanks to funding from SWEAT, the garden includes an all abilities path in the form of a figure of eight, benches, a herb garden, a den for children’s play, fairy doors, a hobbit house and a mini beast motel, as well as two ponds. The garden was recently expanded and proves to be a hit with guests of all ages, as they can let their imagination run wild whilst learning about the creatures that live in the garden.
Doing Our Bit To Promote Sustainable Travel
Promoting sustainable travel options to our staff and visitors is an important part of our recent work towards our Green Tourism Silver award. Find out more about how we’re doing our bit to promote more sustainable travel below:
Staff car sharing
We promote car sharing as a means of travelling to and from the resort each day. Many of our staff are local and can use public transport, however some travel from Stirling and the surrounding area. By promoting flexibility and a positive attitude to car sharing, we’ve seen uptake increase year-on-year.
Our resort is lucky enough to be located along the National Cycle Route 7 and we have recently invested in adult and child mountain bikes, which are available for hire. Offering full and half day hire options, we’re encouraging guests to get outdoors and explore the local area in a sustainable way. We’ve recently published a blog which highlights the best cycling paths in Loch Lomond and promotes cycling as an activity to be enjoyed by all the family during their holiday.