Beechenhill Farm up for Global Award
Beechenhill Farm has been short-listed out of 1600 global nominations in the Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards. Responsible tourism; having more fun and better experiences because you are not harming the planet, is at the core of what we offer at Beechenhill Farm.
It’s amazing just to be nominated and incredible to reach the finals of this prestigious international Award- we are so delighted!!
We have such a small business compared to many of the other nominees, I think, maybe, we are in the final because of our Pilot Light Project, a programme of developments and activity to reduce the environmental impact of our farming and tourism business on the protected landscape of the beautiful Peak District National Park.
We already hold the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark, a GOLD Green Tourism Business Award and were 2009 finalists in the Virgin Holidays Responsible Travel Awards, we are all keeping our fingers crossed.
Over the last three years our Staffordshire Peak District business has reduced its carbon footprint from 41 tonnes to 14.4 tonnes by installing a range of renewable technologies;
- Low energy lighting
- Natural sun tunnel
- 120kw biomass (pellet) boilers and mini district main
- 8Kw Solar Photo Voltaic arrays
- Under floor heating systems
- Rayburn cooker conversion
- Induction cookers
- Electric bikes and an electric car charging unit
- insulating lime plaster
- rain water harvesting
The unique thing is that we have made these changes not only to safeguard our own resources but also to demonstrate to other small businesses and visitors how to do it too. We hold Pilot Light Demonstration days. Feedback from a recent event said:
- “A fantastic in-depth ‘personable’ event. Really easy to ask questions & information given in a way which was easy to understand”
- “Very good visit which demonstrated sustainable technology on a small scale, which we all should aspire to. Refreshingly enthusiastic family, who are making a real impact”.
Our B&B and Cottage guests are warmer and cosier in our accommodation and they love to understand how we do things and are often inspired to try out ideas at home.
If we are to lessen our impact on the environment and reduce our costs we need to have the confidence to choose environmentally friendly versions when replacing equipment and investing, it always helps to see someone who has tried it out first!
Wish us luck! The Award ceremony takes place at the World Travel Market on 7th November 2013.