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Peak businesses' success in environmental quality awards

This is an archived press release

Tuesday 5 October 2004

5 October 2004

Peak businesses' success in environmental quality awards

Three thriving organisations have been recognised for reaching the pinnacle of environmental practice in the Peak District National Park.

The latest Peak District Environmental Quality Mark awards were presented to the Dove Valley Centre at Under Whitle Farm in Sheen, near Hartington, the YHA Ilam Hall youth hostel, near Ashbourne, and Littleover Apiaries, a honey-producing business based near Derby.

The presentations bring the number of Environmental Quality Mark holders to 30 since the scheme was launched in May 2003.

To qualify, businesses have to show genuine care for the environment by using locally-produced, environmentally-friendly products, saving energy and water and minimising waste, or on farms by conserving wildlife, land and buildings.

They can then use the Environmental Quality Mark to publicise their own high standards, presenting its logo in advertisements, leaflets, signs and websites.

Paul and Elspeth Walker, of the Dove Valley Centre, achieved the award for nature conservation on their farm, which they use as a base for specialist breaks on arts, crafts and conservation.

Ilam Hall YHA, managed by Sue Bamber, won it for being environment-conscious throughout its activities, sourcing local food, using low-energy measures, recycling waste and encouraging the 10,000 schoolchildren who stay each year to learn about conservation.

Tony Spacey, of Littleover Apiaries, won his EQM for using environment-friendly methods of producing premium honey from bees fed on Peak District heather. His customers range from village shops to Harrods.

The presentations, by the National Park Authority's park management committee vice-chairman Barrie Taylor, took place at the first networking event for award holders, enabling them to share ideas. A buffet which included food from EQM holders Peak Feasts, Youlgreave and New Close Farm Shop, Over Haddon, was well up to EQM standard for quality and variety.

EQM project officer Faith Johnson said: "It's wonderful to see the number of award holders growing, and also how enthusiastic the new award holders are about their environmental efforts, both for their business and the conservation of the Peak District National Park."

The EQM scheme is run by the Peak District National Park Authority with partners the Countryside Agency, English Nature and the East Midlands Development Agency.

For information about the EQM call Faith Johnson on 01629-816321, email faith.johnson@peakdistrict.gov.uk or visit the website www.peakdistrict.org/eqm

This is an archived press release

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