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Top Ten Tips for a Greener Christmas

December 22, 2010
December 22, 2010 - Top Ten Tips for a Greener Christmas

Christmas Green Fact

Can you believe Christmas in the UK can generate as much as 1 billion Christmas cards, 83 sq km of wrapping paper, an extra 750 million bottles and glass containers, an extra 500 million drinks cans and half a million Christmas trees - most of this ends up as waste in landfill.

Every little helps, so why not make a difference by following our

Hoe Grange top ten tips for a greener Christmas

free_snowflakeMake your own cards and decorations – rekindle childhood by making paper chains.  Or even better send e-cards for Christmas, so you don’t need paper at all.

free_snowflakeThink before you wrap presents – buy goods with less packaging and re use wrapping paper.  Or use recycled wrapping paper to keep up demand for recycled goods.

SnowflakeIf you buy electrical goods, look for models that run off mains electricity and if you do buy batteries – buy rechargeable.

free_snowflakeBuy a rooted Christmas tree, plant it out in the garden after Christmas and re-use it each year.  Its fun to track its growth over the years.  Artificial trees can be used many times but eventually have to be disposed of and are difficult to recycle, as they are made of a number of different materials.

free_snowflakeSource your Christmas dinner from local farmers and producers to reduce food miles.  Even better, purchase ENVIRONMENTAL QUALITY MARK foods, to enhance the Peak District environment see www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm for a list of award holders.

SnowflakeWhy not buy ‘Experience Gifts’ to cut down on packaging?  Some great ideas are theatre or cinema tickets, a meal in a Peak District pub or restaurant, or membership to a favourite charity.  You can even buy a goat, plant some trees or train a teacher in a developing country! (see www.presentaid.org  or www.oxfamunwrapped.com)

SnowflakeAfter the Festive Season is over recycle all you can.  Contact Wastewatch to find out what different materials can be recycled or composted locally.  www.recyclenow.com  has a brilliant map – enter your postcode and it shows you where the local recycling facilities are!  You can take cards and wrapping paper to TK Maxx and M&S stores during January. The Woodland Trust will be placing containers at most stores (see www.woodland-trust.org.uk)

Snowflake Buy handmade local gifts from markets and craft centres. Or keep an eye out for recycled, fair trade, energy efficient or eco-friendly gifts.  Try www.recyclenow.com or Natural Collection

Snowflake Take any unwanted presents or toys to a local charity shop – shops often have campaigns around Christmas time.

SnowflakeIf you’re having a party avoid using disposable items such as paper plates, plastic cutlery and cups.


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  •   We had a lovely time staying in one of the incredibly well equipped pods. I bought my pony along and we had some great rides on the high peak trail.... read more


      What a wonderful find. As our first experience of needing accessible accommodation we could not have wished for better. Beautiful well equipped lodges in lovely surroundings. We stayed in both... read more


      We spent four nights at Hoe Grange and had a lovely time. The location is fantastic and right next to the High Peak Trail. The cabin was very clean and... read more

  •   We have just returned from a short stay in one of the pods on site at Hoe Grange Holidays. We couldn’t recommend them enough. The pod has everything you could... read more


      We wanted a complete break and some peace and quiet and this was perfect. The caravan was secluded with beautiful views over the countryside. Everything was spotlessly clean and well... read more

    joanne B

      What can I say?
    Absolutely superb!
    We have just returned from a family weekend staying in Daisybank cabin and the Skylark pod.
    It was our first trip away with my... read more

  •   We've just returned from our second visit to Hoe Grange. The suggested riding routes with stunning scenery were enjoyed by my daughter and I while the menfolk were delighted with... read more


      Felicity and David made us feel very welcome right from our booking. The pods are well equipped and spotlessly clean. The area is very peaceful with great views and we... read more


      A beautiful place to stay! Amazingly run family business! Everyone were very welcoming, friendly and cozy! The skylark pod we stayed in was very clean, cozy and well equipped! The... read more

  •   Recently spent a week in "Pinder" and had a lovely time. The location is stunning - the site is nestled in a beautiful valley on the edge of the Peaks... read more


      For the second year running, we have had a great family holiday at Hoe Grange. We had one cabin for the week, for two sisters and our elderly wheelchair-using... read more


      Myself and my sister travelled to Costa Rica and Panama via Viva Holidays Ltd. The holiday was exceptional and one to be treasured forever. Andrew at Viva Holidays... read more

    Paula C
  •   We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

    David H

      lovely surroundings real farm country with chickens paying you a visit nice decking area to chill at the end of the day accommodation very good plenty to do nearby... read more

    vincent s

      What a lovely weekend away! We stayed in the lovely gypsy caravan, which was a wonderful and really unique experience. We took along our two horses, who also had a... read more

  •   Second visit to the accessible holiday cabins at Hoe Grange. David and Felicity were as helpful and friendly as ever. We had a welcome pack of freshly baked bread, butter,... read more

    Charlotte M

      We stayed in Rainster cabin for a long weekend 6 th to 9 th September. This was my 5 th visit to the amazing Hoe Grange. I had visited before... read more

    Jan Horsman J

      We stayed in Pinder cabin and had a lovely stay, the cabin was spacious and comfortable, nice and warm after cold days out. The children loved meeting the animals and... read more

  •   We stayed for a night in one of the cabins . The cabin was spotless and very well equipped , lots of extra touches were added like fresh eggs and... read more


      Arrived and was shown to our pod, fantastic location and the pod was very good indeed plus we had home made bread and milk and tea and coffee. A... read more


      Loved every minute of our stay, and so did the family and friends that came to stay. Excellent facilities in our cosy Hipley log cabin. By far the best... read more

  •   Stayed last week, from 6th to 13th September in the log cabin called Hipley. This was amazing, it was our first visit but certainly not our last. Gold standard disability... read more


      We stayed in the Skylark pod last October (2018) and had a lovely time. There was homemade, rustic goods (bread, biscuits etc) when we arrived. Felicity and David who run... read more


      It's been three years since we last visited but once we arrived it certainly didn't feel like it!
    We stayed in Hipley again which had had a refurbished wet... read more

  •   We stayed in Skylark, one of the two glamping pods available at Hoe Grange in February 2020.

    Felicity & David welcomed us when we arrived to show us around... read more


      Lovely place to holiday near to interesting locations and easy access to the High Peak trail and Carsington Water. Part of a working farm with fresh produce to enjoy during... read more

    Angie B

      We love this place. Very wheelchair friendly, really well equipped and comfortable, with easy access by car to lots of places of interest particularly Crich Tramway Village, Chatsworth, Bakewell and... read more

  •   On arriving at Hoe Grange in a downpour, we doubted if we’d made the right decision to go glamping, but after the warm welcome from David and a quick tour,... read more


      Another great holiday at Hoe Grange - such a great place for us all to holiday as a family - this time with a baby, a 3 yr old, a... read more


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