This is an archived press release
Friday 24 June 2011Fourteen “green” businesses were delighted to receive the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark for their work to safeguard the local environment and heritage.
Presented at a ceremony at historic Haddon Hall, the awards bring the total number of Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) businesses to 98, all working hard to reduce their environmental impact and conserve the Peak District National Park.
Sponsors for the presentation evening were Waitrose of Buxton, Bagshaws chartered surveyors of Bakewell, Peak Press of Chapel-en-le-Frith, and JW Mettrick & Son, whose butchers shops in Glossop and Hadfield hold the Environmental Quality Mark as well as all their lamb suppliers.
John Mettrick said: “All EQM businesses put pride in the Peak District at the heart of their operations, and we’re pleased to support such an excellent environmental scheme.
“For traders it makes good business sense to display their green credentials, and customers who buy EQM products can be assured they’re helping the Peak District environment and the local economy.”
The new Environmental Quality Mark award winners are:
- April Cottage, Youlgrave
- Bolehill Farm Holiday Cottages, near Bakewell
- Elton Old Hall, Elton
- Kerridge End Holiday Cottages, Rainow
- Secret Cloud House Holidays, Kniveton
- Tom’s Barn & Douglas’s Barn, Parwich
- Haddon Hall Visitor Attraction, near Bakewell
- Parsley Hay Refreshments, near Hartington
- Sally Mosley Guided Walks, Over Haddon
- Andrew Lawton Furniture, Grindleford
- Coconut Blush, Buxton
- Squeak Gift and Party, Calton, near Waterhouses
- Wood Turning at Christmas Cottage, Youlgrave
- Shatton Hall Farm, Bamford.
For the first time, two businesses were presented with an EQM Special Award for their outstanding contribution to the scheme. They were Eco Eco homewear shop, of Hope, and High Nightam Farm, near Chinley, who have collaborated to develop unique conservation-grade Derbyshire Gritstone wool products, including knitting yarn, throws and home accessories.
Broad Ecton Farm Partnership, of Wetton, was also shortlisted for its conservation work.
The EQM scheme is run by the Peak District National Park Authority with partners emda, Natural England and the Derbyshire Economic Partnership.
Businesses can apply for the award at www.eqm.org.uk/peakdistrict
For more details about the EQM, go to www.peakdistrict.gov.uk/eqm or call the Live & Work Rural team on 01628 816338.
The menu for the presentation evening included food from Environmental Quality Mark businesses – organic lamb from Haddon Hall Home Farm; organic seasonal vegetables from Wild Carrot, Buxton; lemon meringue pie from Tindalls Bakery in Tideswell; Hope Valley Ice Cream, Hathersage and handmade chocolates from Cocoadance, Castleton.