As with so many travel and tourism awards now, and thankfully so, there is a green/eco/sustainable category.
By awarding and praising business who are conducting their business in a sustainable way can only be a good thing and that hopefully encourages other businesses to look into sustainable practices.
In Cumbria and the Lake District it is an exciting time for the businesses who entered the Cumbria Tourism Awards 2014. Last week the finalists were announced in the various categories including “Sustainable Tourism Award” which this year is being sponsored by Lake District National Park Authority. The three finalists are The Quiet Site, Ullswater, Appleby Manor Country House Hotel, Appleby in Westmorland and the Wild Boar Inn, Grill & Smokehouse, Windermere.
It isn’t the first time the Appleby Manor Hotel has reached the finals of an awards ceremony for their sustainable practices. Last year the hotel won the Environmental and Energy Awareness Award in the CN Group Business Awards, a Cumbrian independent local media business. Later in the year they were then announced as having made the shortlist for the prestigious Hotel Cateys in the category “Green Hotel of the Year”. Appleby Manor unfortunately didn’t win on that occasion but to be shortlisted for this national award against such big and tough competition as the Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Park Plaza Westminster Bridge, London and The Savoy, London was a fabulous achievement in itself. It also provided good coverage for the hotel sector in Cumbria and so too family owned and run businesses.
So to talk about why Appleby Manor Hotel has been recognised for its green credentials. Having a strict environmental policy has provided the team with points to adhere to in the day to day running of the hotel including re use and recycling, using local suppliers and encouraging the use of public transport for staff and guests. “We are committed to doing everything in our power to protect and sustain our local, natural and global environment for future generations” Mike Dunbobbin Owner Appleby Manor Hotel.
On top of the policy, early 2013 saw two major installations to further confirm the commitment the hotel has to the environment, a biomass boiler and a water bore hole. The biomass boiler uses locally sourced wood chips which has enabled CO2 emissions to be reduced by 100 tons per year. The water bore hole has resulted in the reduction of glass bottle waste and transportation so they have a self sufficient water supply.
The Cumbria Tourism Awards 2014 are to be held on June 17th and lets hope for another successful awards night for this successfully green hotel.