Wheatland Farm, North Devon, has been shortlisted for Britain and Ireland’s ten ‘Gold Star’ green tourism awards to be presented by well-known sustainability champion Tony Juniper during Green Tourism Week in June 2011.
The shortlist of 40 represents the ‘cream of the cream’ – drawn from 400 businesses rated ‘gold’ on green business practices in 2010 by the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS).
Wheatland Farm, which boasts a nationally-recognised ‘Site of Special Scientific Interest’ nature reserve, is owned by Maggie Watson and Ian Ripper. Maggie said, “We’re delighted. We have held a gold award under the scheme since 2008 but to be short listed for a coveted ‘gold star’ really picks us out and recognises our commitment to Devon’s growing green economy.”
Ian Ripper added, “Our income comes from Devon’s world-class environment, and it’s crucial to us that we make our living without jeopardising its future. Managing our land for wildlife, minimising energy use, and cutting waste by nearly 80% are all part of that. And we’d love to share our experience further. If any local tourism business is interested in going greener please get in touch – that’s a genuine free offer!”
GTBS is the only nationally-recognised scheme grading sustainability across the tourism industry, and is supported by regional tourism bodies such as South West Tourism. The South West has the highest number of scheme members – 413 out of over 2000 in total across the UK and Ireland.
We’re proud to have Wheatland Farm as a muchbetter member – you can see their holdays here.