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National award for FSC Blencathra

FSC Blencathra are delighted to have been announced as a winner of one of the country's most coveted awards – a Green Tourism Goldstar.

Accommodation providers, visitor attractions and events venues across England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland have were included in this year's Goldstar shortlist of 60 which was whittled down from more than 2,400 eligible entries.

The Blencathra Centre was announced at the Green Tourism Annual conference on November 10 as joint winner of the Best Activity Centre/Provider at a special ceremony held in the Palace Hotel, Manchester.

Below: George Basant, Senior Tutor receiving award on behalf of Blencathra Centre

Green Tourism Goldstar annual awards aim to honour those businesses and organisations that have done the most to promote sustainability within the industry, by implementing cost-saving practices that help the environment, improve customer service and benefit the bottom line.

Andrea Nicholas, Director of Green Tourism, said: "The Goldstar Awards are a recognition of the best of the best in Britain when it comes to creating and maintaining a thriving sustainable tourism industry."

"A total of 60 green tourism businesses from across the UK were shortlisted for the Goldstar Awards this year out of more than 2,400 entries. These finalists represent the best of the best, the top 3 per cent of Green Tourism businesses in the UK."

“The standard has been exceptionally high this year and every one of the shortlisted finalists have shown a dedicated commitment to providing consumers with great service and value for money while at the same time championing the cause of sustainability.”

Green Tourism was launched 17 years ago and is now is the biggest of its kind in the world having helped nearly 10,000 businesses improve their commitment to sustainability. It is considered one of the most rigorous of its kind and is the only certification programme independently validated by the International Centre for Responsible Tourism (ICRT) on behalf of VisitEngland, VisitWales and the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, and endorsed by VisitScotland and Failte Ireland.

Tim Foster Head of Centre said “This is really pleasing to receive the Goldstar Award and it is the ‘icing on the cake’ after several years dedication and commitment by our staff to ‘practice what we preach’ by delivering environmental education to our many students and visitors."

"Our Renewable Energy - Low Carbon Vision Project is reducing the carbon footprint of the centre buildings by 80% through the installation of a combined system of renewable energy technologies to supply heat and power, incorporating hydro and biomass. We have also made substantial improvements to the building structure."

"The installation of these technologies is allowing us to expand our education programmes to cover demonstration of renewable energy issues both to our existing clients and to a wider business audience making sustainability a reality."

Find out more about Blencathra's Renewable Energy Low Carbon Vision Project

Tuesday, November 18, 2014