Tinto Bedroom at Cormiston Farm

What are we doing to meet our sustainability goals?

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Gaia Wind Turbine at Cormiston Farm

The Gaia wind turbine generates most of the electricity for the farm, barn and house

We value the peace and quiet of the countryside and hope to allow others to enjoy it peacefully too, There are restrictions on noise and timings, that are imposed by South Lanarkshire Council. We follow all guidelines laid down by the Council and encourage guests to respect our neighbours in this rural location.

Sustainability Policy

It is the aim of Cormiston Farm to meet the present needs to run the business without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.

We will meet this aim by incorporating the 17 UN sustainable development goals into the actions of the business. Business actions will be assessed and compared to the goals and amended accordingly. You can click on any of the Goals listed below for further data from the UN Website.

The 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals are:

1 No Poverty

2 Zero Hunger

3 Good Health and Well-being

4 Quality Education

5 Gender Equality

6 Clean Water and Sanitation

7 Affordable and Clean Energy

8 Decent Work and Economic Growth

9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

10 Reduced Inequality

11 Sustainable Cities and Communities

12 Responsible Consumption and Production

13 Climate Action

14 Life Below Water

15 Life on Land

16 Peace and Justice Strong Institutions

17 Partnerships to achieve the Goal

If you have any questions about our policy or would like to help us further the UN Goals then please email: info@cormistonfarm.com


Cormiston Farm - Early Spring

Cormston Barn - long tables

The barn was renovated using traditional natural materials (wood, hessian, slate, lime mortar, local stone) that were re-used from other sites where possible. The ongoing renovation of the whole steading follows the same guidelines.

Sunset on the Barn at Cormiston Farm

We value the heritage of the farm and steading, and seek to ensure it's survival for future generations.

The hot water and central heating for the farmhouse are provided by two 35kw bio-mass boilers that use wood pellets. These heat water in a large hot-water store that uses a heat exchanger to provide water for the house.  The electricity to run the bio-mass is provided by the wind-turbine.  The wood pellets come from certified sustainably sourced wood.

The bio-mass boilers and wind turbine are monitored online to ensure maximum efficiency, and ser serviced annually to keep them in top condition.

Excess electrical energy generated by the wind turbine is fed to the National Grid so that the use of fossil fuels in generating electricity for others can be reduced.  This also reduces the price of electricity generated in the National Grid.

The waste water from the barn and events is processed in a bio-digester that returns clean water to the eco-system.

We aim to use as little mains water as possible.  Rain water from the roofs is collected in water butts and in a 90,000 litre pond at the back of the farm.  Mains water is metered and the usage monitored. The toilets in the barn have short flush options and the gentelmen's toilet has a waterless urinal that not only saves water but reduces the requirements for harmful chemicals in cleaning.

Re-usable cotton hand-towels in the washrooms are an efficient way of avoiding single use paper, and are also more hygienic and power efficient than electic hand driers. (As well as being much nicer to use !)