News release09 August 2012
National vote of confidence in Peak District Environmental Quality Mark
VisitEngland, the country’s national tourist board, has reaffirmed its support for local businesses which display the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM).
The EQM is one of only four sustainable tourism schemes in the country to be validated by VisitEngland for its contribution to the environment and local economy. A recent independent audit confirmed its standards were still up to the mark.
More than 65 Peak District businesses displaying the EQM are regularly assessed to ensure they meet high standards of conservation and environmental protection.
Businesses entitled to display the EQM logo must:
- put pride in the Peak District at the heart of their operations
- actively help care for the Peak District environment and heritage
- safeguard natural resources
- invest in the wellbeing of their staff, local communities and the wider global community
- work together with EQM businesses in other sectors, and use and promote their products and services.
Its high standards were demonstrated recently when no fewer than three EQM holders won silver in VisitEngland’s national Excellence Awards 2012 – they were Fischers’ hotel and restaurant at Baslow Hall, Hoe Grange holiday accommodation at Brassington, and Wheeldon Trees Farm holiday cottages at Earl Sterndale.
Bill Purvis, who manages the EQM scheme, said: “We were thrilled at the outcome of the VisitEngland audit. It’s great for EQM to be punching its weight alongside national projects such as the Green Tourism Business Scheme.”
Jason Freezer, sustainability lead for VisitEngland, said: “The Peak District Environmental Quality Mark promotes sustainability practices with innovative criteria that promote the sense of place and follow the customer journey. The scheme and the team involved are to be commended for their approaches that help ensure businesses in the Peak District are working to keep the area a beautiful and special place to visit and enjoy.”
The three other national schemes validated by VisitEngland are the Green Tourism Business Scheme, the Sustainable Tourism Eco-certification Programme (STEP) and British Standard 8901 – the mark of a well-run sustainable event.
The Peak District EQM scheme is run by the Environmental Quality Mark Community Interest Company on behalf of the Peak District National Park Authority.
Information about the EQM scheme is available on www.eqm.org.uk/peakdistrict or from Bill Purvis on 07901 860094 or email email@example.com