We recognise that the protection of the environment in which our business is based and the community that it serves (locally and globally) are integral to the future of our business.
We are committed to protecting the environment and working with local people, our suppliers and our customers to enhance the positive impacts of our business wherever possible. We have already implemented the following sustainability initiatives and are working hard to implement further initiatives.
As part of our commitment to the environment we are a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme and in February 2017 received a Gold Award in recognition of our commitment.
If you have any queries or suggestions regarding our Green Policy during your stay, please do not hesitate to contact us on 07950 712239 or email us at enquiries@primrosecottagekersey
How you can help us
- Please save energy by switching off lights if not required and keeping windows closed if the heating is on. The heating can be turned down if you are too warm.
- Please use water wisely and turn taps off when not in use and use the dishwasher once its full. Please don’t flush any non-biodegradable items down the toilet.
- Please leave any unused linen in the wardrobe, otherwise all linen will be sent to the laundry.
- Shop locally – there are lots of lovely local farm shops and farmers markets to purchase seasonal produce, please see the next page for further market details. There are shopping bags in the under-stair cupboard.
- Please support the village pub – The Bell, which has been in the village since c1379. The pub is run by two sisters, Wendy and Janet, both of whom live in the village.
- If you would like to support the church you can pay £5 to have the church lit up in the evening during the week. (usually only lit Saturday and Sunday)
- If you would like to feed the birds please feel free to fill up the bird seed from the container kept under the sink, the birds also appreciate their bath being topped up with fresh water.
- Please feel free to fill in the Restaurant Diary advising other guests of local restaurants and pubs (the diary is in the welcome basket).
- If there are any village events during your stay, please do join in, you will be made to feel very welcome.
- We have a range of novels in the book case, please feel free to exchange your own book for one from the book case, however please don’t remove any of the reference books.
Local Markets and Farm Shops 2017
Sudbury Thursday and Saturday
Bury St Edmunds Wednesday and Saturday
Ipswich Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
Farmers Markets (mornings only)
Lavenham 4th Sunday of the month
Long Melford 3rd Saturday of the month
Sudbury Last Friday of the month
Wyken Vineyards – Stanton Every Saturday
Snape Maltings (Nr Aldeburgh) 1st Saturday of the month
Hollowtrees – Semer
Willowtrees – Glemsford
Hall Farm Shop – Stratford St Mary
Alder Carr Farm – Creeting St Mary
Suffolk Food Hall – Ipswich
Jimmy’s Farm – Ipswich
Friday Street – Saxmundham
All the Farm Shops have a café or restaurant except Willowtrees.
We provide a complimentary breakfast welcome basket purchase from local farm shops and farmers markets and wherever possible use as much local produce as possible.
The majority of our goods and services are procured locally.
The majority of our welcome basket is purchased at Hollow Trees Farm Shop in Semer.
Hollow Trees Farm Shop was established in 1986 as a roadside cart; selling a few eggs and potatoes from the farm gate. It has evolved and grown over the years and has won many local and national awards for being the ’best farm shop’. The farm shop stocks a wide range of fresh farm food and everything produced on the farm is sold through the shop; the vegetables they grow and the livestock they rear.
Food miles are nonexistent on many of the lines!
- Fresh Vegetables picked every day
- Home grown Pork, Beef & Lamb
- Free range rare breeds eggs
- Fresh baked bread every day
- Specialist regional foods
- Local beer, wine and cider
Tea, coffee and sugar provided are all Fair Trade.
The London Tea Company
Blending, brewing and drinking ethical teas since 2003, London Tea Company is determined to spread the word on how great ethical tea can be. They have developed an exciting range of Fairtrade teas and herbal infusions which are packed with flavour and help provide a fair price the growers and their communities. We provide The London Tea Company English Breakfast Tea.
Fairtrade means better prices for producers, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers in the developing world. Clipper only work with producers who are striving to improve standards of welfare for workers and their families. Through Fairtrade they support tea and coffee producers and surrounding communities, by paying a fair price for their tea and coffee, as well as a Fairtrade premium which can be invested back into the business or community. This premium is often spent on improving local infrastructure and supporting community projects, such as roads, schools and medical resources. We provide Clipper Faitrade organic medium roast Arabica instant coffee.
Out of Eden
Out of Eden provide the Cole and Lewis Collection of luxurious toiletries, made from botanical extracts. The toiletries are free of SLES, parabens and propylene glycol and made in the U.K.
The hand soap in the kitchen and bathroom are filled from larger bottles to reduce the number of plastic bottles we use. For hygiene reasons we have chosen to provide individual guest toiletries. We do not re-use any of the items in the welcome basket or guest toiletries – please do take home any unused items from the basket if you wish to do so in order to save wastage.
Wherever possible we use microfibre and steam for cleaning the cottage, these methods of cleaning uses less chemicals than traditional methods of cleaning.
We use environmentally friendly cleaning products and refill the bottles at the cottage from larger 5lt bottles to reduce the number of plastic bottles we use. We use either Ecover or ecozone products. Sponges and dish cloths are made from recycled fibres and sponge.
All our toilet rolls, tissues and kitchen rolls are made from recycled paper.
The dishwasher is set to default to “eco-mode”.
Logs for the wood burning stove are sourced locally from UK Woodland www.ukwoodland.com and we provide British charcoal for the BBQ in summer.
Electricity is purchased from Ecotricity. Ecotricity supply 100% renewable electricity, sourced from off-shore and on-shore wind, solar, hydro and landfill gas. It also invests in windmills and biogas mills that ferment grass to produce methane which is then added to the National Grid.
We have secondary double glazing throughout the cottage to provide insulation.
All light bulbs are being replaced with low energy LED bulbs when they require changing.
Whilst there are no guests at the cottage the heating and hot water systems are changed to “frost” mode. Whilst guests are at the cottage they are on a set timer.
Fixtures and fittings
If we replace any items within the cottage we donate the old items to a charity shop for reuse or recycling. All new electrical “white goods” are chosen with their energy rating in mind.
There are two remaining silk mills in Sudbury, Vanners and David Walters, both have factory outlet shops many of the fabrics in the cottage are purchased from David Walters. Replacement light fittings are purchased from Jim Lawrence in Hadleigh.
As linen needs replacing it is being replaced with organic linen from The Fine Cotton Company and Ochre & Ocre.
Flowers are purchased from The Flower Shop at Kersey Mill.
Guest recycling – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle
Recycling information is available in the information folder – please sort and recycle your waste wherever possible.
Shopping bags and picnic bag are provided in the cupboard under the stairs.
We are committed to recycling waste produced in providing our service, including toner cartridges, electrical (WEEE) waste, light bulbs and batteries.
Wherever possible we take all bookings via our website and communicate via email. For essential printing we use recycled paper.
Although we appreciate it may be difficult to travel to Kersey by Public Transport we would like to encourage you during your stay to follow local walks or hire a bike. There are lots of local maps including an O/S map in the cottage information folder and book case. There is also a picnic bag and binoculars, should you wish to go out for the day and explore the countryside.
Cool Pedals – bike hire
Coolpedals is wholly owned and run by husband & wife team Paul & Sue Armstrong.
They’re based in Langham village, just north of Colchester, on the southern edge of the Dedham Vale Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. They provide a bike hire delivery and collection service from Kersey Church, they also provide route maps. For more details please visit:
Cooking at Primrose Cottage
If you wish to purchase local produce to cook whilst at the cottage we have provided local, healthy eating and vegetarian cook books for inspiration. The kitchen is suitably equipped for home-cooking, there is also a BBQ in the garden.
We have committed to donate 10% of our annual revenue to local projects. During 2016 we have donated £1300 to a number of local projects including the Village Newsletter, The Nightingale Charity for The Poor who manage the allotments in the village, the Village Produce Association and the Kersey Playing Field Association.
We have also adopted an owl at Suffolk Owl Sanctuary and saved 1.5 acres of Rainforest in Peru via Cool Earth.
Suffolk Owl Sanctuary
Established as a registered charity in 2001, the Suffolk Owl Sanctuary is based at Stonham Aspal in Suffolk, where it operates a comprehensive facility for the care & rehabilitation of owls from the region, and the promotion of owl conservation throughout the UK and beyond. The Sanctuary is open to the public all year round where it maintains the following services as the beneficiary of public donations.
The Sanctuary is a delightful place to visit to watch, study or simply enjoy the company of Owls and other birds of prey. If you are unable to visit the Sanctuary but would like to make a donation in support of their work, please visit:
Cool Earth is a charity that works alongside indigenous villages to halt rainforest destruction.
If there are any village events during your stay, please do join in, you will be made to feel very welcome. Details are in the village newsletter – kept in the kitchen.
Supporting Green Tourism whilst at Primrose Cottage
The following visitor attractions in East Anglia also participate in the Green Tourism scheme.
Somerleyton Hall and Gardens (near Lowestoft)
Step back into British history with a visit to Somerleyton. Set in a beautiful 5000 acre English estate, Somerleyton Hall is widely acclaimed as one of the most beautiful stately homes in Britain. Open to the public every April to September.
Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden (Norwich)
Set in the heart of Britains magical waterland, Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden is a secret hideaway just waiting to be discovered.
Fairhaven is a unique garden rich in wildlife. The Garden, a mix of native and cultivated plantings, is set within a 130 acre ancient woodland leading to a private broad. Open every day of the year except Christmas Day, there are plenty of opportunities to get away from it all and explore the wonderful woodland walks.
Dedham Vale is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) it covers an area of 90km 2 on the Suffolk / Essex border. Further information is available in the cottage information folder.
During 2017 it is our intention to replace the existing hob and oven with an induction hob and more efficient oven.
We will also continue to support community projects.
Claire & Eugene