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Local business heroes rewarded for environmental care

This is an archived press release

Wednesday 25 March 2009

25 March 2009

Local business heroes rewarded for environmental care

New EQM holders at awards night
Nineteen local businesses have won Peak District Environmental Quality Mark awards for achieving the highest standards of 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 faith.johnson@peakdistrict.gov.uk

This is an archived press release

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