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Awards for top Peak District eco-friendly businesses

This is an archived press release

Friday 8 December 2006

8 December 2006

Awards for top Peak District eco-friendly businesses

Keen to go green when spending your hard-earned cash? Then look out for the latest businesses to display the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark for the best eco-friendly practices.

Seventeen new businesses were welcomed into the growing band of Environmental Quality Mark-holders at an annual awards dinner at Losehill Hall, Castleton.

The “Environmental Quality Mark” logo – for conserving and enhancing the Peak District National Park environment – can now be displayed with pride by 53 award-holders, from shops and craft producers to farms and holiday accommodation.

National Park Authority deputy chair Hilda Gaddum presented the new EQM awards to:

  • Stocks Café and Bistro, Chapel-en-le-Frith
  • J.W. Mettrick & Son Ltd butchers, Glossop. Their High Peak Lamb brand only sources lamb from Peak District EQM farms. 
  • Greengate, Slaley, Bonsall – hand-spun wool products
  • Honeycomb Centre, Ken Weston, Longnor. Work development centre for people with  education disabilities producing garden furniture, crafts and recycling household furniture.
  • Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages, Winster.
  • Hoe Grange Holidays, Brassington. Two self-catering log-cabins with stabling for horses.
  • The Orchards, Rushley Farm, Ilam. Self-catering cottage.
  • Springbank Guesthouse, Whaley Bridge
  • Underleigh House, Hope. Former cottage and barn, 6 en suite bedrooms.
  • Winnats B&B, Hathersage
  • Just Biscuits, handmade biscuits bakery and shop, Eyam
  • Arran Trading Post, gift shop, Bakewell
  • Stonecroft Country Guesthouse, Edale
  • Derwent View holiday cottage, Bamford.

In addition, three farms received the EQM Farming award for conservation management:

  • Greengate, Slaley- hand spun wool and wool productsHigher Plainsteads Farm, Glossop – supplier to J.W. Mettrick & Son Ltd butchers.
  • Leacroft Farm, Hope – meat sold through Watson’s Farm Shop, Hope.

The awards dinner was also an opportunity for existing EQM-holders to get together and share their business experiences, while they enjoyed an array of ethically-produced EQM products from beef and lamb to ice-cream and biscuits.

Peak District EQM officer Faith Johnson said: “The EQM certification mark has really become the ‘gold standard’ for businesses that actively support the best environmental practices in the Peak District National Park.

“This means they use products from farms managed for conservation in the Peak District, they use energy and water efficiently, minimise waste and pass on environmental information to their customers.

“A business displaying the EQM logo gives consumers confidence they are doing their best for the environment of the Peak District.”

For more information, visit www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm or contact Faith Johnson on 01629 816200 or e-mail: faith.johnson@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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