The team at Norton Park are continually thinking of new and
innovative ways to help the environment and make the most of our
beautiful 53 acres. Here are a few of their latest projects.
Norton Park completes Insect Hotel ‘Bugingham Palace’
Constructed using recycled and reclaimed materials from the
hotel, our fantastic bug mansion will attract beneficial insects
and other creatures whilst adding to the biodiversity of our
Pallets were used as the base of the structure which will also
act as the perfect home for hedgehogs. This was then filled with a
variety of materials including:
- Dead wood, essential for the larvae of wood-boring beetles,
such as the stag beetle. It also supports many fungi, which help
break down the woody material.
- Bamboo cane providing holes for solitary bees.
- Straw and hay providing many opportunities for invertebrates to
burrow in and find safe hibernation sites.
- Dry leaves - mimic the litter on the forest floor and provide
more homes for invertebrates.
- Loose bark for beetles, centipedes, spiders and woodlice to
- Stone and tiles provide the cool damp conditions that frogs and
toads need. Although our lake is nearby, they can spend most of the
year out of water and the centre of the mansion will provide a
frost-free place during the winter.
You can find this humble abode on the way to our Manor House so
make sure you stop by and welcome the new residents!
Reduce Carbon Emissions
Over the past few years, QHotels has been keen to reduce
its impact on the environment and have reduced our Carbon Emissions
significantly to help achieve sensible energy management practises
such as targeting and monitoring use, improved engineering
maintenance and the application of proven energy reduction such as
Biomass Heating Boilers, Voltage Optimisation Equipment, LED
lighting and improved insulation.
Currently, we are engaged in a campaign to minimise our
waste to landfill, we are now proud to be recycling our cooking
oil, this gets converted to Biodiesel which fuels the vehicles
making deliveries to the Hotel. As a group, we have already
achieved 61% recycling arte and are seeking to improve on that in
How can you help?
You can do your bit too when staying at Norton Park by
ensuring lights, heaters, fans and plugs and switched off when not
required. Please be water-wise; a single tap left
running for 1 minute wastes 15 litres of water so kindly may we
remind you to turn off the tap when cleaning your teeth. Also, if
you would like your towel laundered, please place them in the bath
or shower. If your towel is hanging on the towel rail, it shall be
left for you to reuse. You may also use our Battery
Recycling Box at Reception if you have any that need disposing
To encourage even more species of birds to our grounds, we have
used recycled coffee cups filled with a homemade mixed feed
including lard, seeds and breakfast cereal crumbs. Twigs provide a
place for birds to perch whilst they feed and we can't wait to see
the variety of birds that will enjoy these treats!
Don't forget to share any nature related pictures you take
whilst at the hotel so that we can keep a record of all the
wonderful wildlife here at Norton Park.