This is an archived press release
Wednesday 7 July 2004
7 July 2004
QUALITY MAKES ITS MARK IN NATIONAL PARKS WEEK
Caring for customers and the environment - that's the proud achievement of a growing number of businesses awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark.
The initiative is coordinated by the Peak District National Park Authority and it was set up 12 months ago to recognise the best environmental practices in the Peak District.
So far 27 farming, food and drink, accommodation and arts and crafts businesses have achieved the prestigious Quality Mark.
Visitors and residents are urged to try out their wares, especially as this is National Parks Week (July 1-9). Several of the award winners are making special offers, holding events or giving discounts and gifts this week.
There are "Meet the Bee-keeper" events at Daisybank Apiaries in Longnor, near Buxton, the Dove Valley Centre hosted a landscape painting workshop last weekend (July 3 - 4) and Lower Hurst Farm held a wild flower walk and dinner on July 2.
Offers to look out for include a 5 per cent discount off the locally-produced food delivered by Peak District Fine Foods throughout the area, free jars of award-winning honey from the Rowson House Farm bed & breakfast in Monyash and an extra large local foods breakfast at Riverside bed & breakfast, Hulme End. Just ask the award holders about their Peak District Environmental Quality Mark award to qualify!
Environmental Quality Mark project officer Faith Johnson said: "We're hoping that as many visitors and residents as possible will look out for the quality mark which rewards businesses that care for the Peak District, not just in National Parks Week but all year round."
The scheme, administered by the Peak District National Park Authority, is a national pilot project for protected landscapes funded by the The Countryside Agency, East Midlands Development Agency, English Nature and the National Park Authority.
To qualify, businesses have to achieve high standards in terms of conservation of the National Park, use of locally-grown and produced products and services, environmentally-friendly products, energy and water efficiency, minimisation of waste, re-cycling and provision of environmental information.