Sustainability at the Estate
“We abuse land because we see it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.” – Aldo Leopold
We take our stewardship of the estate, its land and its history seriously. The maintenance and restoration of our historic stone buildings, walls and barn, using traditional mason techniques, has helped us retain the rustic charm of the property. A solar array helps us reduce our energy consumption, and minimize our environmental footprint from weddings and other events – making HollyHedge a leader in developing the green wedding industry. Better water catchment systems and responsible drip irrigation help prevent soil erosion and water run-off from the property and allow us to maintain a rich biodiversity, which makes a spectacular backdrop for wedding photos and ensures native flora and fauna have a protected space to grow.
Our commitment to farm-to-table and local food, means we grow much of our guests’ dinner and breakfast on property. Each year, we work with our award-winning chefs to produce a variety of fruits, vegetables, flowers and herbs which can be prepared and shared with our guests. The food we can’t grow, we try to source from local growers like Manoff Market Garden in Solebury, PA, Maximuck’s Farm Market in Doylestown, PA or Blue Moon Acres in Buckingham, PA. We also ensure food scraps and biodegradable bi-products from our catering services don’t go to waste, as well. Leftover cooking oil is recycled into bio-diesel; fruit, vegetable, egg shells, and coffee scraps are turned into compost on site; and leftover food scraps from events are saved and shared with our local hog farmer as feed for her livestock.
Sustainability isn’t a buzzword, it has always been a core principle of our business and helps us ensure we are living up to our obligations as responsible stewards of our beautiful estate. Whether you are planning your wedding, or relaxing for the weekend at the inn, we are excited to be able to offer our guests an environmentally friendly experience.