News @ GreenDirections

Green Open Homes - October 2015

Taking part in the Green Open Homes weekend - October 4th 2015

Sustainability Live

Carbon reduction performance 2005 onwards

Energy Consumption and Production

Here is the data for our energy production over the past 9 years showing how, despite increasing substantially the size of the buildings, we now make more energy than we use.


Barretts Bistro Pop-up 2014

After a tremendously successful event in 2013, Sheffield’s premier pop-up dining experience returns for the June 27th – 29th weekend.

Once again, the unique atmosphere of Totally Tipi’s giant Tipi tents and Green Directions’ spectacular venue provides the backdrop for James Barrett’s expert cooking skills.

Evening dinner on Friday and Saturday features an inviting three course menu at £35 with dishes including Goats Cheese and Vine Tomato Galette, Pan Roasted Beef, and Chocolate and Cherry Pannacotta. A lounge bar with log fire provides a relaxing environment for pre and post dinner drinks.

On Saturday lunchtime a bistro will be serving a range of dishes including Peppered Mackerel, Wood Pigeon and Twice-baked Cheese Souffle. Lunch is offered at £16.95 for 2 courses and £19.95 for 3 courses.

Taking advantage of the superb views across the Rivelin Valley towards the Peak District, a barbecue starting at midday on Sunday features a selection of locally sourced meats and salads at just £10 per head.

 More information and booking details can be found at

Goldstar Award

On November 8th, we are one of three’ shortlisted conference venues competing in the prestigious Green Tourism Goldstar Awards in Bristol.

Our competition is Wembley National Stadium and the Edinburgh International Conference Centre.

In the words of Andrea Nicholas, Director; Green Business UK ltd who manage the Green Tourism Business Scheme, Green Directions “is one of the highest scoring Gold Conference Venues throughout the UK and Ireland.”

The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK and is the only national scheme to be independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism on behalf of VisitEngland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and endorsed by VisitScotland and Failte Ireland. Fellow Gold Award organisations include Welcome to Yorkshire of which Green Directions is a member.

Barretts goes Totally Tipi at Green Directions

What do you get if you combine a beautiful location with a fantastic tipi tent and spectacular cooking? Well Sheffield is about to find out!

Between June 27th and June 30th ,2013, James Barrett is opening a ‘pop-up’ restaurant in a Totally Tipi tent at Green Directions. Tables of 8 can be booked for the pop-up restaurant on Thursday (Charity night supporting Kids ‘n’ Cancer), Friday and Saturday nights with a more informal barbecue on Sunday night. During the day on Saturday and Sunday a bistro will offer a set menu with cookery demonstrations on Saturday and a wedding showcase on Sunday. Completing the programme, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and the Sheffield JCI are having a networking event on Thursday lunchtime.

The idea was conceived after Mark Woodward of Green Directions met Totally Tipi’s Jay and Laura to talk about collaborating on projects. While discussing a wedding showcase the ‘pop-up’ restaurant plan emerged. To make it all work they needed someone with the culinary expertise to create a great dining experience - which is when James, formerly of Fischers in Baslow and now running a successful bistro and café in Woodseats and Crookes, joined the party.

More information can be found at

Bookings can be made by calling 07456 555240or email

Sally and Andrew’s wedding

On Saturday July 21st we hosted Sally and Andrew's wedding. What a great day. (For some photos see our twitter feed via the link at the top of this page - more to follow on this site).

The wedding took place in a Tipi tent supplied by Papakata. One Life Weddings created a special ceremony which Sally, Andrew and their guests enjoyed in the sunshine against the backdrop of the Peak District National Park. Lovely food and drink was produced by The Milestone, Bradfield Brewery and Hope Vally Ice Cream and the children had a ball making dens around the farm and riding toy tractors down the drives.

The party went on into the night and many guests camped before making breakfast the next morning in the field.

Gold Award - Green Tourism Business Scheme

Green Directions has achieved the gold award under the Green Tourism Business Scheme.


The Green Tourism Business Scheme is the national sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK. It is the only national scheme to be independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) on behalf of VisitEngland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board and endorsed by VisitScotland and Failte Ireland. “GTBS provides excellent value for money to a wide range of tourism firms with first class environmental advice and auditing. Satisfaction rates of certified firms are very high and drop out rates low, both for the smallest of tourism firms and increasingly at corporate level.” Xavier Font, ICRT.


Businesses opting to join Green Tourism are assessed by a qualified grading advisor against a rigorous set of criteria, covering a range of areas, like energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more.

Those businesses that meet the required standard, receive a Bronze, Silver, or Gold award based on their level of achievement. The current network of members is comprised of a wide range of business types, including accommodation providers, visitor attractions, corporate offices and others.


Quality Badge for Green Directions

Green Directions has once again been awarded top marks by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom. By re-awarding Green Direction

s with its Quality Badge following it annual review, the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom has confirmed that Green Directions offers high quality educational experiences.

Beth Gardner, Chief Executive of the Council said: "Educational visits are among the most memorable experiences in a child's school life. The LOtC Quality Badge offers teachers a guarantee that not only is a venue providing the sort of educational value that they can build on long after the visit but they also have the appropriate risk management structures in place. I congratulate Green Directions on being awarde the LOtC Quality Badge."




The Tiffin Company at Green Directions

Adding to the range of our food service, we are pleased to announce that customers can now choose a menu from The Tiffin Company for their lunch.



3 phase supply installed for new turbine

A complex day on Monday finally saw the installation of 3 phase electricity. An army of vehicles from YEDL/CE Electric swooped across our neighbours fields ready to attach the new cables. Very little went smoothly. New access had to be negotiated when a fault on the whole network meant that the job had to be tackled live - small matter of 11,000 volts. Finally success was achieved and the lights came back on at 6.15 p.m.. After a G59 inspection and some final wiring the turbine should start to rotate on Friday. Fantastic......fingers crossed.

October 31st, 2011

Yesterday the government dealt a major blow to jobs in the green economy. The solar feed-in tariff(FIT), a scheme that rewards homeowners and businesses who invest in solar power, is to be cut by over 50% from 43.3p per kilowatt hour (kwh) generated to 21p per kwh.

Following the introduction of FIT, there has been a huge rise in the proportion of electricity generated in the UK from solar power. The government’s own statistics show that in 2006, 11 Gigawatt hours (Gwh) were generated but by 2010 that had trebled to 33 Gwh (see note 1). This programme has therefore created many jobs and saved tonnes of CO2 from entering the atmosphere.

To justify slashing the FIT rate, Gregory Barker MP the Minister of State for Energy and Climate Change says, in his ministerial statement; “we know that the costs of an average PV system have fallen by at least 30% since the FITs scheme started”.

Solar panel prices have fallen but not by the same proportion as the minister plans to reduce FIT. The government is therefore depressing demand and reducing growth in this growing sector (at a time when most sectors are seeing negative or, at best, static growth).

In response to today’s FIT announcement, Juliet Davenport, Chief Executive of Good Energy, a provider of 100% renewable energy, says: “We’re concerned that these changes show that the Treasury doesn’t have a real grip on the economics of the energy market, and in particular the value of energy generated in the UK compared with the energy we have to import from abroad. Make no mistake – as a result of these cuts, fewer people will become microgenerators and the prospect of a stable energy future for Britain looks ever more distant.”