We hope you enjoy visiting North Devon as much as we enjoy living here. Much of what makes this place special is the history and the unspoilt beauty of its natural landscape, we are trying to look after it for ever and keep it beautiful by protecting the nature, conserving energy and water and minimising waste by recycling and composting as much as possible. We ask guests at Tree Top Escape to help with this as much as possible.
Here at Millbrook Estate we are committed to sustaining our natural surroundings by reducing our environmental impact and promoting good practices through:
Training employees within their working practices, ensuring reduced impact in all areas
Educating guests in the sound understanding of environmental impact and reduction
Complying with relevant environmental legislation and implementing systems and procedures to assure compliance
Monitoring our environmental action plan at the quarterly Green Team meetings
Being consistently aware of areas for improvement and improving i.e. asking people not to leave things on standby
Involving ourselves within the local community. We are involved in many community projects, such as the commmunity shop and refurbishment of the children playground
Tree Top Escape is a near passive building.
80% of our staff live within a 5-mile radius and frequently walk/cycle to work.
Our wedding suppliers are local and all within the North Devon Area
Welcome gifts are homemade or very locally sourced.
We recommend local eateries and activities
We use Eco-friendly cleaning products, E-cloths and recycle old towels.
We have a designated recycling area with separate bins (As well as a dedicated Joseph Joseph bin for waste separation and composting).
PV panels and a wind turbine that powers the entire Estate
We use LED bulbs and timers to reduce energy waste
We use downward facing outdoor low energy lighting to prevent light pollution
We will ask our guests if they plan to use the second bedroom and will set up only if required
Our Hot Tub is filled with hot water so that it can be left on eco mode (guests can use immediately)
Guests can choose whether they would like a mid-stay change of towels
Waste water is effectively reused for plant watering
All appliances are at least A rated saving energy and water and we buy appliances to last, UK made where possible (Dualit) and Miele appliances (as they offer long warranties)
Guests can buy our eggs, produced by our very own Free Range Hens
Want to come by Train? Just ask, we can offer a free collection from Umberleigh station.
Wild flower meadows and natural habitats to encourage wildlife
If you own a Tesla or other branded Electric car you can use our car charging station to charge your car
We are building a nature trail with the help of a local forest school teacher
Staff trained about eco methods and awareness (via our green team)
Cook up a storm in the fully equipped kitchen and a local breakfast hamper or local food shopping on arrival. (Bob volunteers in the community shop)
Tree Top Escape has scooped 3 awards for its Eco Creditials (being part of Millbrook Estate). In October 2017 at the Debi Envionemental Awards we took the award for Enjoyed in Devon and won Gold at the Devon Tourism Awards for Sustainable Tourism. In February 2018 we took Silver at the South West Tourism Awards!