From the outset, sustainability has been an important consideration for us and it continues to be. We are continually trying to make the Roost as sustainable as possible.

So, what do we do to make the Roost sustainable?

From the beginning, we’ve been an electric only site. Hot water runs off an insulated hot water tank which, no matter the number of guests on site, generates and stores lovely hot water for the showers and kitchens.

Rainwater harvesting

We have two big rainwater storage tanks. The water stored is used to flush loos, wash bikes and water the garden saving a considerable amount of drinking water. If the tanks run low, our rainwater back up system switches to mains so we never run out.

Energy and water efficient shower rooms

The shower rooms have push button showers and taps to limit water wastage and the loos have low level flushes and use rain water. The LED lights and extractor fans are on motion sensors so there’s no switches and no electricity wasted there either. The heater also cuts out if left on. Loo roll is recycled and ordered in bulk to reduce deliveries.

Kitchens at Roost Merthyr Tydfil are well kitted out with crockery, utensils, microwave, fridge, kettle, toaster, sink.

The kitchens

The kitchens also have LED lights that are on sensors, no scrabbling around for light switches, and no electricity wasted either. We provide tea, coffee and sugar for guests all of which are fairtrade. Rather than disposable sponges/scourers, we provide washable scrubbies.

Glamping cabin sleeping and living area with bunk beds and heater

Cosy cabins

The cabins are really well insulated and have LED lights and Wi-Fi controlled heaters. This means we can pop the heaters on for arriving guests, ensuring the cabins are cosy, but also turn them off when guests leave. We ask guests to be considerate in their usage of the heaters - not leaving them on with the doors/windows open, when they go out etc. Little things make a big difference.

whips trees native hedging ready for planting

Planting and wildlife

The Roost sits next to a stream and is surrounded by trees. We have planted native hedging around the perimeter of the site (800+ whips of different varieties including hazel, dog rose and hawthorn) along with lots of trees including fruit trees. We are advocates of ‘no mow’ to encourage bees and insects so you won’t find us strimming too often, just enough so you can still see the cabins. We have bird nesting boxes and bird feeders dotted around the site (all food is purchased from the RSPB) and a bat box.

Housekeeping, cleaning and recycling

All our cleaning/laundry products, hand washes and shampoo/body washes are eco-friendly and refilled limiting our use of single use plastics and deliveries.

We recycle as much as possible and encourage guests to do the same. We have separate collections for cardboard, glass, plastic and tins, and food.

What’s next?

Plans are afoot for the installation of solar panels on the roof of the facilities building and battery storage so that we can offset some of the Roost’s electricity usage.

We will also be installing an EV charging point so that guests can charge their EV vehicles whilst on site.

But, you don’t have to travel to the Roost by car. The village train station, Troedyrhiw, is a five minute walk away and connects to Cardiff, Merthyr Tydfil, Bridgend and Barry Island so why not bring your bike on the train? You can get to BikePark Wales in about 10-15 minutes by bike from the Roost, its off road too. And, we’re also on the Taff Trail (cycle route 8) which connects to Brecon and Cardiff so you could always cycle to us or stop off on the way through.

We’ll keep doing as much as we can to make the Roost as sustainable as possible and we hope this is appreciated by our guests.