At Killhope, we believe passionately in sustainability and that every little bit of ‘green’ effort can make a difference. We have three locally made yurts, which are used as a base for craft and wellbeing workshops, as well as being available for community hire and overnight stays.
Make Carbon History Project
In 2013, Killhope became one of the partner museums in the Make Carbon History Project. The aim of this project is to see eight partner museums reduce their overall carbon footprint by 12% by 2015.
We now have a list of actions that we need to implement in order to meet our targets. We’ve already met one of our major targets, which was to install and use a biomass boiler fuelled by timber from our own woodland. This has helped us to reduce our carbon footprint, but we still have smaller changes to make, such as ensuring that we switch off our computer screens and don’t turn lights on when we don’t need them. Little actions can also have big impacts!
We are extremely proud of the green awards.
In the Killhope shop we have items that are locally produced or made from recycled materials and our café uses local and organic produce where ever possible, so the menu (like the weather) is forever changing.
Shop – Green Products
Our shop has many different items, some of which are produced locally or made from recycled materials.
Come and investigate the shop!
How Killhope Went Green
- We became a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme. This encourages us to look at all the areas where we could improve, such as recycling and energy efficiency.
- We introduced a lunchbox challenge to encourage school children to recycle more and think about food packaging.
- Working in partnership with the North Pennines AONB Peatscape project we introduced a carbon conservation scheme.
- We created a dedicated Green Team of Killhope staff who meet regularly to discuss green issues and ideas for the museum.
- We won the North East’s Sustainable Tourism Award in 2007 in recognition of all of our hard work
- We introduced our nature backpack so that visitors can learn about the wildlife and habitats in our beautiful woodland.
- We’re part of the North East Green Museums network and our Green Champion sits on the steering group.
- In 2011, we installed a composting toilet.
- We have a purpose built yurt on site to expand our environmental education offer.
- Now in 2016 we are continuing to improve and examine and introduce. For more information about how we are continuing this journey view our What We Do page.