A LAKE District hotel has joined a mission to make Cumbria greener.

Victorian House Hotel in Grasmere has teamed up with Lancaster University’s Innovation Catalyst to make the county greener by 2037.

It comes ahead of the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26) in Glasgow at the end of this month.

They have launched a ‘CO2 Free’ package so guests can enjoy a carbon neutral stay - and they will plant a tree for guests opting to travel to and from the hotel via public transport.

Owner Serena von der Heyde said: “We want to run Victorian House Hotel sustainably and have thoroughly enjoyed and appreciated the work with Lancaster University Innovation Catalyst to establish our carbon impact.

"We are pleased to now be able to offer a carbon neutral stay to our guests and to showcase the Lake District as a carbon zero destination, helping to ensure that Cumbria can be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Serena and her team are now working on the prototype for a waste bin insert that subtly fits their existing waste-paper bins to allow guests to separate recyclable items and it is estimated that this should halve the 1kg of in-room waste per guest per night that currently goes to landfill.