Landscape photograph of the North Cornish Coast

Our Sustainability Statement

Cornish Gems recognises the importance of environmental responsibility and we are committed as a business to operate sustainably and continually review and work towards becoming a fully sustainable operation.

We were honoured to be shortlisted for a Cornwall Sustainability Award in 2021 in the Carbon Neutral category.

Additionally, we have been awarded the coveted Silver Green Tourism Award. This internationally recognised accreditation was achieved after fulfilling numerous criteria within the stringent certification process. In particular our commitment to protect the Cornish area and landscape, working with the local community as well as the health and well being of our staff and guests scored strongly. 

Our sustainability initiatives include:

Biodiversity: Tree Planting:

Through our various tree planting initiatives, including staff rewards, owner gifts and as a welcome gift option for our guests we have now planted more than 450 trees in 26 countries around the world. We can equate this to neutralising more than 2800 car journeys from across the UK into Cornwall.

Waste Reduction and Responsible Local Product Sourcing: Welcome Gifts

We undertook to revamp our welcome packs post-Covid. Our goals were to support Cornish producers and suppliers, to minimise food miles, to reduce the waste of unwanted products, to remove unnecessary journeys from the distribution process, and finally to also offer our guests luxurious, local and sustainable choices.

The solution we arrived at was to give our guests 6 options that they could select from within the booking process and amend within their guest accounts up until 4 weeks prior to arrival.

Single Use Plastic Reduction and Coastal Protection: Charity of the Year, Cornish Gems Shop


Every year Cornish Gems select a ‘Charity of the Year’, in 2021 we voted for ‘Surfers Against Sewage’. Our guests were able to add a donation to their booking and we were able to donate a total of over £3300. 

In addition we have emphasised the importance of reducing our reliance on single use plastic and promoted sustainable alternatives via our Cornish Gems Shop and social media, including a competition to win a wooden bellyboard in return for a pledge to ‘leave only your footprints.’ As well as a publishing a Coastal Activity book written and illustrated by Emma Fashokun with a strong plastic-free and ocean-conscious message running through it.

Our Sustainability Initiatives:

Our Properties with Electric Vehicle Charge Points: