This is an archived press release
Wednesday 25 March 2009
25 March 2009
Local business heroes rewarded for environmental care
The annual awards to eco-friendly food, farming, craft and accommodation businesses were presented by Peak District National Park Authority services committee chair Andrew Marchington at a special dinner at the Old Hall Hotel, Buxton.
There are now 81 Peak District businesses who have achieved Environmental Quality Mark standard - all inspected and certified to confirm they actively reduce their environmental impact and help conserve the Peak District National Park.
They use locally-produced, environmentally-friendly goods and services, ensure energy and water efficiency, minimise waste, and provide environmental information to their customers. Farming award-holders also protect the wildlife and archaeology on their land. The menu for the awards dinner was specially-created from local food supplied by EQM holders.
EQM officer Faith Johnson said: “The EQM is the gold standard of environmental care for businesses in the Peak District. To have more than 80 such businesses in this area is a real achievement - anyone buying their products can be assured they are helping to look after the Peak District and the planet.”
The 2009 EQM award-winners are:
Farms: Lower Lady Meadows Farm, Bradnop; Grove Farm, Stanshope; Thorpe Farm/Hope Valley Ice Cream, Hathersage; Big Fernyford Farm, Reapsmoor; Longstone Hardy Plant Nursery, Great Longstone; Mistlehall Farm, Rowsley; Hall Farm, Grindlow; Paradise Farm, Chapel-en-le-Frith; Lower Wigginstall Farm, Reapsmoor; Rock Farm, Middleton-by-Youlgreave.
Shops, craft-producers and accommodation-providers:
Christine Waygood Handframed Originals, Glossop; Studio 61, Lea; EcoEco, Hope; Sunny Bank Guest House, Matlock Bath; Riding House Cottages, Castleton; Jaret House, Tideswell; Derwent House, Matlock; Wheeldon Trees Farm, Earl Sterndale; Hargate Hall, Wormhill.
The EQM scheme – which itself won a commendation in the national 2008 Virgin Travel Responsible Tourism Awards – is run by the Peak District National Park Authority with partners emda, Natural England and the Derby and Derbyshire Economic Partnership.
Information is available on www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm or from Faith Johnson on 01629 816321 or email firstname.lastname@example.org