At the heart of great hospitality is the desire to give and to care, and here at the Royal Crescent we are very conscious of our duty to give back to our local community, and to take care of our environment. To this end, we’ve developed a Corporate Social Responsibility programme to ensure that we continue to meet our “giving goals”.
We are very fortunate to have an acre of secluded gardens in our grounds, and this keeps us ever aware of our impact on the local and wider environment.
We don’t use plastic room keys as these produce unnecessary plastic waste; instead we give guests their room keys on traditional leather fobs. We have bamboo toothbrushes on sale for any guests who’ve forgotten that all important item. Each guest room features Belu water (all profits to water aid), recyclable coffee capsules and toiletry bottles, which we collect and recycle.
We are committed to saving energy wherever possible, and so have installed movement sensors and lighting in staff areas, along with energy efficient boilers. 70% of our lighting is now LED, which has led to a reduction in electricity use of 9%.
In 2019 we installed three electric vehicle charging points, to encourage environmentally friendly travel to staff and guests, and to make charging easier for guests with electric vehicles. Bath now has a designated "Clean Air Zone", to ensure residents and visitors can enjoy cleaner air.
Our garden isn’t only for visual enjoyment; we make the most of it in many different ways. Our Head Chef David grows herbs, which he goes outside to cut minutes before cooking – bringing a new meaning to the phrase “fresh ingredients”! We also have a beautiful lavender path reaching across the garden, which provides food for thousands of little bees, butterflies and other insects every day. This in turn encourages different types of bird to visit, meaning guests can enjoy spotting various species - particularly robins, who visit all year round! Our garden provides food for all sorts of wildlife including squirrels which can often be seen scampering boldly across the grass. This of course includes our three rescue hedgehogs Beatrix, Jane and Daphne!
One of our Rescue Hedgehogs
This year for the first time we have joined the National Garden Scheme, which involves us opening our gardens up to the wider public for two days, with all proceeds going to the various charities the NGS promotes.
They say that charity begins at home, and so our nominated charity is Julian House – a local organisation committed to helping the homeless. You can read more about the vital work they do here. In addition to supporting them with fundraising, we encourage our staff to volunteer at their events. For example last year staff members took part in a sponsored walk, and this year several are partaking in the Big Bath Sleep Out, where they will “sleep rough” for one night to experience life on the streets first hand.
Members of the RCH Team raising money for Julian House
We have also joined Room To Reward, a scheme which enables us to donate unsold room nights to hard-working volunteers in need of some “me time” and recognition.
We are passionate supporters of local businesses, sourcing as much of our produce as possible from locally based suppliers. To this end we also sponsor the Bath Life Awards each year, which recognises and celebrates the efforts and results of local businesses.
Young people need and deserve the opportunity to work, and so we actively encourage Bath College students to come and visit our team here at the RCH. We have placed a number of apprentice chefs in our kitchen, and helped to develop them in their careers. Our Head Chef David Campbell regularly takes part in events at Bath College designed to help and develop young chefs.
The RCH partners with Room to Reward