Top Peak District eco-friendly businesses rewarded

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Tuesday 18 December 2007

17 December 2007

Top Peak District eco-friendly businesses rewarded

Twenty-two top eco-friendly businesses were the latest to be awarded the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) for putting their “green” ideals into the best possible practice.

The awards were presented at a special dinner to celebrate the businesses’ positive contribution to the Peak District National Park’s special environment by using local, eco-friendly products, recycling, reducing energy-use and, in the case of farms, conserving wildlife habitats and historic features.

All 68 current award-holders can use the Environmental Quality Mark logo to show their green credentials in their advertising. They include shops, caterers, craft producers, farms and holiday accommodation.

National park authority services committee chair Andrew Marchington, who presented the awards, said: “We welcome these new award-holders as a real asset to the national park. The EQM certification mark has become the ‘gold standard’ for businesses that actively support the best environmental practices.”

EQM project officer Faith Johnson added: “The Environmental Quality Mark really adds value to businesses and to the national park. EQM businesses use products from local farms managed for conservation, 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.”

The awards dinner was attended by 80 EQM-holders and guests at Losehill Hall, Castleton, the national park’s learning and environmental conference centre. The menu included many products from newly-awarded EQM farms, including beef from Ashes Farm, Derwent, lamb from High Nightam Farm, Chinley, buffalo from Peak Buffalo, Eastmoor, and sausages from Dove Top Farm, Alsop-en-le-Dale.

The new EQM-holders are:

Businesses: (awarded for green environmental practices and offering local eco-friendly produce) -

  • Rowley’s Restaurant, Baslow
  • Arran Trading Post (gift-shop), Bakewell
  • Hector & Cedric (timber-frame construction), Sheffield
  • Buxton Hilbre B&B, Buxton
  • Candlelight Cottage, Litton (self-catering)
  • Cannon Croft B&B, Hathersage
  • Ramble’s End, Bolehill (self-catering)
  • Derwent View, Bamford (self-catering)
  • The Studio at Adders Green Farm, Quarnford (self-catering)
  • Stonecroft Country Guest House, Edale.

Farms: (awarded for conservation management) -

  • Ann Roach Farm, Quarnford
  • Ashes Farm, Derwent
  • Church Lane Farm, Great Longstone
  • Dove Top Farm, Alsop-en-le-Dale
  • High Nightam Farm, Chinley
  • Laneside Farm, Peak Forest
  • Leycote Farm, Hollinsclough
  • Onecote Grange, Onecote
  • Peak Buffalo (Nether Rod Knowle Farm), Eastmoor
  • The Priory, Fenny Bentley
  • Stoop Farm, Hollinsclough.

The EQM scheme is run by the Peak District National Park Authority with partners Natural England and the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership.

For more information about the EQM or award holders, contact Faith Johnson at 01629 816321, 07890 274622 or e-mail: or visit

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