UK’s ‘greenest’ hotel unearths plans for new eco-garden

The Green House Hotel in Bournemouth, which was named Best Green Hotel by Condé Nast in 2017, has unearthed plans to build a new eco-garden on site.

The 32-bedroom hotel, which opened in 2010, is giving its outside space a twist with the help of local garden designer, Kate Elysee whose brief was to make the garden as eco-friendly as possible.

The new garden will be created using as many materials found on site as possible, instead of buying new and plants will need to be sourced as local as possible with the compost being 100% organic.

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Designer Elysee also had to make sure the space could be used for regular guests, weddings and wildlife.

She commented: “I have been designing gardens for 18 years and this is my first eco-project so it’s been very interesting for me. The Green House Hotel came to me with an eco-brief; their front garden area was looking a little tired and not being used to its best potential.”

The garden is set for completion in spring 2018 and will be the first hotel eco-garden in Dorset. The Green House Hotel will be welcoming visitors to the garden and offering tours to highlight the eco-ethos behind the garden design.

General manager of the hotel, Olivia O’Sullivan, explains: “The garden is a really important space for so many reasons. Being so close to the beach we have lots of couples book us for their weddings and thanks to Bournemouth’s micro-climate many of these wedding can be hosted outside in the hotel grounds. The garden is also an extension of the hotel for our other guests where they can enjoy meals or drinks in the sunshine. As well as human guests, we also want to provide a sanctuary and home to all the local bugs and wildlife which is vital in urban environments.”

The Green House opened in 2010 after an18-month refurbishment during which the environmental impact of every single decision was considered. It is now home to 32 bedrooms, a bar and a two AA rosette restaurant.

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