We strongly believe in promoting and encouraging a sustainable transport policy at The Plough. Not only do we seek to reduce our environmental impact as far as possible, but we are also looking to promote the rural pub generally as an accessible alternative to city centre leisure. We fully accept that this policy is long-term, and not something that will be achieved overnight, but we are determined to change the perception that a village pub can only be accessed by car. We have a number of ideas to facilitate this plan…
Shepreth, together with Meldreth and Foxton, is fortunate in having a well-served railway station. The Plough is situated very close to the station and we plan to take advantage of this in as many ways as possible. Our advertising and social media will emphasise transport alternatives, and we are considering schemes that could offer discounts to customers arriving by train. We have been in discussion with the rail company and are exploring the possibilities of installing a departure board in The Plough, and also selling rail tickets.
We are well aware of our responsibility not to encourage potentially intoxicated people to jump on a bike and cycle home, but believe that there are strong advantages to promoting cycling to and from The Plough. We will provide large, dry, secure cycle sheds, helmet storage, facilities for cycle maintenance and good coffee! We are also investigating the possibility of a shared or borrowed cycle scheme and instigating a social cycling club.
We are looking hard at developing a “Ploughbus”, a small minibus to run between the local villages, and perhaps in conjunction with other nearby pubs, at a nominal or favourable enough rate to be a realistic alternative to travelling by car.
Of course, you can always walk. People used to do this rather a lot and it’s very good for you too!
Overall, we are looking at all possibilities of promoting sustainable methods of getting to and from The Plough and welcome any suggestions. Our target is to ultimately reduce our environmental impact, and to require less car-parking areas, which could be used for more planting or leisure space.