This is an archived press release
Tuesday 13 October 2009
13 October 2009
Green businesses scoop gold in regional tourism awards
Peak District National Park eco-friendly businesses have scooped gold, silver and bronze in the East Midlands Tourism Enjoy England Excellence awards.
Gold award winners were Underleigh House, Hope (best bed-and-breakfast), and Blakelow Farm Holiday Cottages, Winster (best self-catering accommodation) in the 2009 regional tourism awards.
Silver award winners were Wheeldon Trees Farm Holiday Cottages, near Earl Sterndale, and bronze, Hoe Grange Holidays, Brassington. All are holders of the prestigious Peak District Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) which recognises excellence in energy efficiency and care for the special environment of the national park.
Faith Johnson, Environmental Quality Mark officer, said: “We are extremely proud that four of the East Midlands tourism award-winning businesses are EQM holders. This shows the commitment of our members to providing high quality services where guests can be confident they are directly supporting the special environment of the Peak District National Park.”
Two more Peak District businesses beat off strong competition to win gold - the Yorkshire Bridge Inn, near Bamford - best pub experience, and Callow Top Holiday Park, near Ashbourne - best caravan holiday park.
Bakewell’s Visitor Centre, run by the Peak District National Park Authority and Derbyshire Dales District Council, won bronze for best tourism information services, beaten only by the much larger centres in Nottingham and Leicester.
Sue Beswick, national park visitor services manager said: “This is a real feather in the cap for our staff who are dedicated to helping visitors and residents find information or accommodation in the national park. This is only the second year we have entered the awards, and to be pipped at the post by regular award winners like Leicester and Nottingham is no mean feat.”
Other Peak District businesses among the winners were the East Lodge Hotel, Rowsley, which won silver for access for all; and the Peacock Hotel, Rowsley, bronze for best small hotel.
The awards cover Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Lincolnshire, Rutland and Northamptonshire, and were presented at a glittering ceremony in Leicester’s Athena centre, hosted by BBC’s The One Show presenter Des Coleman.