Our Environmental and Sustainability Policy
Newton of Fothringham is a tenanted working farm of 550 acres run by the Nicoll family since 1966 and is located on an Estate covering twelve farms owned by the Fothringham family in the County of Angus. The tourism business operates as a B&B offering one room in the main farmhouse and a three bedroom self catering holiday cottage one field away from the farmhouse.
As part of our commitment to making Scotland a more sustainable destination we have been working towards the three pillars of sustainability for the last 8 years, signing up originally to Visit Scotlands’ Going Green initiative and now to the Green Tourism Business Scheme. We recognise that due to the nature of our business there may be some negative environmental impact, but by conducting our business in a responsible and thoughtful manner we can maintain and even improve our social, environmental and economic impact.
Our objectives are :
- To comply with relevant environmental legislation and commit to the concept of continuous improvement in relation to our environmental impact and sustainable development in general.
- We aim to reduce the amount of waste going to landfill and actively encourage recycling. We REDUCE – REUSE – RECYCLE whenever possible
- We strive to work with the community, in particular, our local Inverarity Primary School and their Eco schools project. (ragbag collection, plastic bottle greenhouse, stamp collection, jute bag sponsorship and bird seed sales) Inverarity Community Council and local businesses who share the same enthusiasm for promoting quality and local.
- We strive to improve our guests experience and education of our Scottish countryside and have introduced a friendly farm approach offering farm educational tours with friendly animals.
- We are committed to using primarily local, Scottish produce when in season and where possible and thereafter fair-trade products. We estimate we use over 80% Scottish produce which was recognised when we were amongst the first businesses to be awarded the Visit Scotland Taste Our Best award.
- We will continually investigate measures that reduce the consumption of scarce resources especially electricity, fuel and water and we now have 9.8kW solar photovoltaic panels for our electricity making good use of our South facing aspect.
- We will continually strive to prevent pollution and emissions and encourage visitors and staff to walk, cycle or use public transport rather than cars where possible. Please ask about local walks, bus timetables and cycle hire.
- We are committed to sourcing suppliers who have the same sustainability standards as us and which will help us to become a more sustainable business.
- As far as possible, we will use environmentally friendly cleaning products (e.g. Ecover) and toiletries (e.g. Highland Soap Company)
- We will provide appropriate training to our employees and contractors to enable them to implement this environmental policy.