Scargill is set in a most beautiful part of Upper Wharfedale, and has a fine variety of wild flowers, butterflies and trees. We welcome individuals and interest groups to explore God’s creation here and we also offer ways to help us care for it.
Being good stewards
As we state in the Scargill Movement’s values, we are “a community practising both ecological and sustainable stewardship of God’s creation.” God has entrusted such a wonderful part of the world to us and we are committed to taking great care of it. Sometimes this can be a challenge, particularly as our various buildings were not designed with environmental ideals in mind, but we do our best and we’re learning all the time.
Energy- and fuel-saving
Every improvement we make takes into consideration reducing our environmental impact, such as adding extra insulation and fitting highly efficient condensing boilers in Community accommodation. We heat the main house with a biomass boiler fuelled by woodchip, which is sustainable and renewable, and vastly reduces our dependence on oil with both environmental and financial benefits. We have recently partnered with Climate Stewards, and our guests have an opportunity to offset the environmental cost of their journey.
Biovidersity and conservation
Our estate, which includes a hay meadow and twenty-five acres of ancient woodland, is sensitively and carefully managed. We aim to protect what’s here and improve biodiversity to enable species to thrive that were once rare on the estate, such as the Brown Argus butterfly.
Join in with a work party
Our working holidays are a great chance to learn new skills, explore our gardens and estate and make friends, as well as supporting Scargill with some valuable work. For half our usual rates, you even have the afternoons and evenings free to relax!
Walks and events
If you’re not up for working quite that hard, you could try one of our events focused on wildlife walks, or enjoying and caring for God’s creation, including some led by the Christian environmental and nature conservation movement A Rocha. And you can still enjoy our wildlife without even leaving the Sun Lounge, courtesy of the very popular wild bird feeding station right outside the window.