Peak eco–business wins big

A Peak District business has been declared cream of the crop when it comes to eco–tourism after scooping a top national award for its commitment to the environment.

Beechenhill Farm, in Ilam, won gold in the Sustainable Tourism Award category at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence 2013 this week.

Brassington business, Hoe Grange Holidays came a close second with silver and was also highly commended in the Access for All Tourism Award category.

Sue Prince,of Beechenhill Farm, commented: “We are absolutely delighted with our gold award. It is exactly what the Peak District is all about - helping our lovely guests have the best time in a way that enhances our stunning environment.”

David James, Chief Executive of the official tourism board Visit Peak District and Derbyshire, said: “Congratulations to both businesses for being recognised and rewarded at national level for their high standard of service to visitors who come to the Peak District from all over the world.

“Achieving such high-profile success in the national tourist board’s sought–after annual awards is an example to all other businesses involved in tourism and sets the benchmark for them to aspire to in the future.”