Environmental awards for Peak District business heros

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Thursday 22 April 2010

22 April 2010

Environmental awards for Peak District business heroes

EQM winners 2010

What do a pub, a chocolate-maker, a high-class restaurant, a farm shop and farmers co-operative have in common?

Answer: they are among the latest Peak District businesses to be awarded the prestigious Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) for their benefits to the environment of the Peak District National Park.

A presentation ceremony was held at Losehill Hall, Castleton, for 20 new award-winners, bringing the total number of EQM-holders to 93.

Making the presentations, Pat Coleman, the Peak District National Park Authority’s economy representative, said: “The EQM is the gold standard of environmental care for businesses in the Peak District. To have more than 90 local businesses who actively support the best environmental practices is a real achievement, and it makes good business sense to shout about it.

“The EQM logo is an assurance that anyone buying their products is helping to look after the Peak District environment and the local economy.”

The latest winners were:

Food and drink awards:

Bluebell Inn, Tissington

Cocoadance chocolatiers, Castleton

Fischer’s Restaurant, Baslow Hall, Baslow

Peak Choice (farmers co-operative selling online), Beeley

Peak District Farm Shop, Stanshope

Farming awards:

Bent Farm, Tissington

Broad Ecton Farm, Ecton

Haddon Estate Home Farm, Bakewell

Hoe Grange Farm, Brassington

Handley Bottom Farm, Pilsley

Accommodation awards:

Churchdale Holidays, Ashford-in-the-Water

Cowclose Cottages and B&B, Cutthorpe

Denewood B&B, Castleton

Ladybower Apartments, Bamford

Party Houses, Waterfall, Back o’ the Brook, Roaches and Heaton

Shatton Hall Farm Cottages, Bamford

Stoop Farm B&B, Hollinsclough

The Old Shippon, Alstonefield

The Spook, Winster

Arts and crafts award:

Fletcher Tree and Forestry Services, Derwent.

The presentations were made at a buffet dinner of EQM produce, sponsored by Visit Peak District & Derbyshire, the area’s tourism marketing body.

More information on the Environmental Quality Mark is available on or from EQM officer Faith Johnson on 01629 816321.

  • The Peak District Environmental Quality Mark is a certification mark that can only be achieved by businesses that actively support the best environmental practices in the Peak District National Park. To qualify, businesses have to achieve high standards of care for the environment in all aspects of management, including:

           •Use of locally grown and produced products and services from within the National Park

           •Use of environmentally friendly products

           •Efficient use of energy and water resources

           •Minimisation of waste by reducing, re-using and recycling

           •Provision of environmental information.

The Environmental Quality Mark is part of Live & Work Rural, a rural micro-business support and community renewal programme operated by the Peak District National Park Authority in partnership with East Midlands Development Agency and the Derbyshire Economic Partnership.  For more information see  

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