• Peak District holiday cottage - green tourism award

Green Tourism GoldStar Award

Announced at the Royal Thames Yacht Club, London on June 9th 2011, the awards were held to highlight the benefits of ‘green-mindedness’ to tourism businesses...

What's it all about ?

We were awarded one of ten GoldStar awards presented to companies "who have demonstrated the highest levels of green ambassadorship, innovation and cost savings over the last year".

Here's the information we supplied to the awards panel in response to their questionnaire :

1. How we act as a green tourism ambassador...
  • Provide green Information on our website
  • Created a 'Responsible visitor charter' for our guests
  • Provide a ‘Green’ guest information folder in each cottage
  • Mentor other holiday cottage owners to achieve GTBS through workshops and coaching
  • Volunteer at the Peak District National Park on the EQM scheme – including mentoring businesses, giving green marketing presentation, and representing tourism businesses at stakeholders meeting
  • Participate as active members of the Farming Life Centre – including hosting ‘Making the most of Farm Tourism’ workshop
  • Mentored our local primary school to a silver eco-schools award
2. What innovations we have introduced to our business...
  • Offer discounts for guests arriving by public transport, and a refund to anyone using local 442 bus
  • Guests can hire our car (through the whipcar.com website)
  • New external doors and frames in cottages to our own design with rebated closures for maximum draft proofing
  • Ecocamel reduced flow shower heads
  • Ground Source Heat Pumps for all heating and hot water needs
  • Joram JK400 hot composter for all food waste
  • Partnership with Big Ferneyford Farm - beef and lamb sold from our freezer and used in home cooked dishes
  • Created 7 self-guided walks from the door on A5 laminated sheets
  • 2 electric bikes for hire
  • On-site bike hire in partnership with Peak Tours
  • Expanded food provision (now includes food in fridge, freezer and larder store) with emphasis on home made, local, sustainable produce, eg Derbyshire Breakfast Basket
  • Over 700 trees planted in March 2011 as part of the Woodland Trust MOREwoods programme
3. How becoming a green business has affected our bottom line...
  • Low energy running costs principally due to ground source heat pump, insulation, and draught proofing
  • In particular, low winter heating costs means lower fixed costs so can still make profit on discounted prices in winter
  • We are able to specifically market to environmentally conscious guests – Our own survey in 2010 showed 54% of guests considered green issues when booking a holiday
  • Revenue from sales of our environmentally friendly toiletries which guests want to take home !
  • Revenue from sales of our Derbyshire breakfast baskets,  home-made dishes and other local produce
The awards were organised by Green Business, who administer the Green Tourism Business Scheme, one of two environmental award schemes in which we currently participate.