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check out our list of P-free products. With leading brands going p-free, loving the lakes is easy!
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Sustainable tourism advice for your business
Information for businesses
Tourism is the life-blood of Windermere and the surrounding areas. Lakeside walking, cycling, fishing, sailing and nature-watching are all popular lake side activities. If algal blooms are left unchecked we could face the closure of Lake Windermere, disrupting the visitor appeal of the destination and threatening local jobs and livelihoods.
What can my business do to help?
There are a few simple steps that you as a business can take to reduce the amount of phosphate entering the lakes and prevent the excessive growth of algae. These simple steps could also save you money. Check out this video for more information.
This video relates to the work we did in the Bassenthwaite Catchment, but the message is transferrable to Windermere.
Choose to be P-Free
By choosing to be a P-Free business you can directly contribute to protecting the lakes from algae blooms. The suppliers and products listed here have been researched to ensure they don't contain phosphates of any form and don't compromise on quality, an essential aspect of any business in the tourism industry. Most of the suppliers listed here are so confident about the quality of their products they offer a money back guarantee.
Choosing phosphate free products means your business can protect the lake and receive some fantastic marketing materials by becoming Love Your Lakes Approved. Sign the Love Your Lakes Vow to promise to love and cherish Lake Windermere for ever and ever.
In return for every vow signed, Love Your Lakes will issue p-free businesses with the 'Approved' logo, window sticker, marketing guidance and bespoke room browser information for your guests. This package acknowledges that your business has taken steps to minimise its impact on the lakes and enables you to communicate your commitment to your guests in a positive and fun way.
Caroline Farrer, Group Marketing Manager, South Lakeland Parks, says...
"We were surprised at how simple it was to work with this campaign and use only phosphate free products. The list of accepted products is really quite extensive and includes many well recognised brands such as Fairy and Surf. We’ve not had to compromise on cost or quality and that is a message we’ll be passing onto our visitors so that they follow suit"
Laundry cards are available for your guests so they can choose to have their towels and bedding changed less frequently. Not only will this reduce the levels of phosphates reaching our lakes but it will also reduce water and energy use. To order your free laundry cards, please contact Helen.
Cumbria is a ‘soft’ water area so you can use the minimum recommended amount of detergent and soft water based products.
Check your Septic tank
Not everyone is linked to the mains system for sewage. If your premises operate on a septic tank or package sewer treatment plant, ensure that it is working effectively, is in a good state of repair and isn’t leaking sewage into the ground.
Limit Lawn Fertilisers
Try not to apply fertilisers unless absolutely necessary and only in appropriate quantities. Applying too much fertiliser, especially just before heavy rain, means an overload of phosphates and nitrates gets washed in to local rivers and lakes.
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