Wheatland Farm shortlised
Wheatland Farm, North Devon, shortlisted for national Green Tourism award
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.
• Wheatland Farm, near Winkleigh, has 3 lodges and a cottage, and a new ultra-sustainable eco lodge under construction with largely local materials.