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The Great Outdoors

Whether you’re looking to create an eco sanctuary in your own back garden, or you want to escape and let someone else do all the hard work, we’ve got all bases covered. Sit back, relax and enjoy the great outdoors at its greenest

Tordown Bed and Breakfast and Healing Centre

Tordown B&B and Healing Centre is a haven of peace and tranquility nestled in the southern slopes of Glastonbury Tor. Tordown specialises in helping you feel nurtured in a sacred, safe and loving environment, where you can explore Glastonbury Abbey and surrounding area, walk the Tor, meditate in Chalice Well or just unwind watching the birds in the garden. This site of sanctuary is 4* rated by Visit Britain with a Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Caring for the environment in simple ways is at the heart of Tordown.

T: 01458 832287
W: www.tordown.com

Monkton Wyld Court

A centre for sustainable living near Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, the neo-Gothic rectory and 11 acres of grounds, gardens and meadows of Monkton Wyld Court are dedicated to the education and enrichment of guests and residents alike. The court promotes sustainability through cooperative living and learning, practical skills and personal growth.

A range of courses and events entice guests of all ages. From beekeeping to yoga, Monkton promotes low impact, earth-centered skills for changing modern life. Family week holidays offer activities like bushcraft, fossil hunting and theatre. Meals are lovingly prepared using fresh organic ingredients from the court’s own Victorian walled garden and other local producers.

T: 01297 560342
W: www.monktonwyldcourt.co.uk

Natural Retreats

Three years ago Natural Retreats was born from a simple idea. An idea that luxurious accommodation in stunning surroundings with great levels of personal service could be applied to the self-catering holiday market to create something different in domestic travel. At the same time the company wanted to ensure it stuck by its guiding principles of sustainable development and management, creating locations that were environmentally friendly and would only have a positive impact on the communities they neighboured.

In those three short years Natural Retreats has grown from that idea and set of ideals into one of the leading self-catering providers in the UK and Ireland with eight locations and over 150 residences.

The four sites in the UK are located in some of the best known and best loved destinations, the Yorkshire Dales, Cornwall and Wales. The Yorkshire Dales site in particular, where the journey began, consists of a stunning collection of 18 awardwinning eco-build residences offering chic, contemporary living in a wonderful natural setting, employing some of the very latest technology in eco development and sustainable build in order to deliver exceptional experiences for guests. From the application of environmentally friendly toilets and drainage systems to the pioneering of living sedum roofs, the whole site breathes quality and environmental sensitivity to deliver a unique holiday experience that benefits from its environment, not at the expense of it.

T: 0161 2422970 (UK)
W: www.naturalretreats.com

The Findhorn Foundation

The Findhorn Foundation community explores new ways of living that promote sustainability, peaceful relationships, cooperation with nature and a deep sense of inner wellbeing. They are currently is putting together an Experience Week, offering a wonderful opportunity to experience the community, to deepen your connection with other people as well as with nature. Activities include meditation, song and dance, nature outings and daily work in a thriving eco-village.

T: 01309 690311
W: www.findhorn.org

Tree Surfers

Tree Surfers is the South West’s most exciting family day out; an adrenalin fuelled heart thumping tree top experience in some of Britain’s most prized woodland. Situated in the Tamar valley on the Devon/Cornwall border, Tree Surfers has a range of woodland activities including their 3 hour adventure ecotrail of high wires, rope bridges and Tarzan swings. They also offer woodland archery, bush craft skills and 30km of woodland trails for walkers and cyclists.

T: 01822 833409
W: www.treesurfers.co.uk

Inntravel Slow down to see the world

The best holidays combine a sense of discovery with the chance to relax in characterful hotels that capture the true essence of your destination. And that’s exactly what you can expect from a trip with independent travel specialists Inntravel. Their self-guided walking and cycling holidays will take you off the beaten track, allowing you to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of an area at your own pace.

There’s no need to rush on these holidays – with no guide or group to keep up with, you can really take your time. Simply follow the detailed route notes provided, pausing to smell the flowers, admire the views, or simply to relax in the shade of a wayside tree. Your luggage is transported between locations and you stay in small, familyrun hotels, hand-picked for their comfort, character and regional cuisine. Slow travel, a little bit like Slow Food, may be at odds with the increasingly frentic buzz of modern life, but Inntravel feel it’s all the more rewarding because of this. Taking things easy really is a better way to holiday…

For your own copy of Inntravel’s new Walking and More brochure, containing a wide choice of tempting holiday ideas for this autumn, winter and spring, call now on 01653 617039 or to download a digital brochure, visit www.inntravel.co.uk

EXCLUSIVE GREENLIVING OFFER!

Book any Inntravel holiday before 31 October 2010 and Inntravel will send you a free copy of the fabulous Rough Guide – ‘Clean Breaks’. This 400-page book (RRP £18.99) has been compiled by green travel experts and offers 500 new ways to see the world.

T: 01653 617039
W: www.inntravel.co.uk

Wild Stoves

Wild Stoves specialise in effective and clean cooking on wood fires. They supply efficient ‘rocket stoves’ through to lightweight backpacking stoves, as well as eco-firelighters, flint strikers and hand axes. For those occasions when only an open fire will do, they also sell Dutch ovens, tripods and grills. Efficient wood stoves offer a practical and eco alternative to conventional camping stoves. They’re easy to light, ready to cook on in minutes, and leave no empty canisters or bottles. They use 75% less wood than an open fire, produce little smoke and give a stable support for your pot. This means quicker cooking, less mess, much lower carbon emissions, and less wood to collect!

Wild Stoves is run by an energy specialist, so the site also includes lots of useful information and advice on harnessing heat from wood – the ultimate in abundant, free, low-impact fuel.

T: 0117 230 2346
W: www.wildstoves.co.uk

Edible Landscaping

“For me there is no clear distinction between growing for aesthetics and growing for food. Once you start growing vegetables you realise how divinely beautiful they are. Likewise there are so many perennial plants out there that many people grow as ornamentals but that are in fact delicious. My whole philosophy at Edible Landscaping is to show the beauty of nature, to garden in harmony with it and at the same time to create an intensely productive landscape. I am dedicated to showing others how they too can achieve this in both my designing and teaching.” Michele Fitzsimmons of Edible Landscaping.

Michele would be pleased to talk with you about your garden, business landscape or community project.

T: 07982095501
W: www.ediblelandscaping.co.uk

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