"Overall winner: The New Forest"
(the judges were unanimous in their praise)
The Virgin Holidays Responsible Tourism Awards are the largest of their kind in the world. We are fortunate in having, in Anthony Climpson, a New Forest Tourism Destination Manager whose enthusiasm has been paramount in gaining this prestigious award.
On a much smaller scale, at Harvest house, working towards our eco friendly goal is an on going project, and we have benefited from the commitment, support and education available to local businesses. The Green Leaf Tourism Scheme and the New Forest Marque Associate membership have been attainable benchmarks, and we have now requested accreditation from the national body, the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
We have adopted a number of eco-efficient systems, in both our energy efficiency and in our waste management.
We support the New Forest Marque as our breakfast menu illustrates, and where appropriate source our materials locally.
We support the New Forest Trust, a totally independent organisation whose prime object is to raise money for projects that will ensure the long- term stability of the New Forest. A small amount of your accommodation account, with your agreement, will go to this Trust.
We are fortunate to live and work in a unique part of England. We hope that your stay will be enhanced by your support of our environmental goals.