Green Gold for Brockholes

Posted on - 12th October, 2013 - 4:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Preston News, Wildlife and Conservation



Brockholes, the UK’s first floating nature reserve scoops a gold at the Green Tourism awards.

The Brockholes site, opened in 2011, can be found just outside Preston off junction 31 of the M6. The site is owned by The Wildlife Trust for Lancashire and created with the help of ÂŁ8 million of funding from the Newlands programme.

Huge congratulations for achieving the highest possible score in a prestigious environmental scheme set up by Green Tourism, and at their first attempt.

The popular tourist attraction was visited by Green Tourism assessors, who followed a strict set of criteria during the audit, before deciding on what grade the site could achieve.

Reporting their findings they said the site “had done exceptionally well to enter the scheme with the prestigious gold award at the first attempt.”

Brockholes was an extremely sustainable destination and an excellent entry to the scheme.”

Much praised were the quality of the energy saving schemes and range of information available to the visitors.

The nature reserve has won many presidious awards over past couple of years including Visit England’s Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme (VAQAS) accreditation from VisitEngland, Customer at the Heart customer service award as well as the visitor building receiving the RIBA Award for top 50 new buildings in the UK. It also features on the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2013 shortlist.

Green Tourism is the largest environmental accreditation body operating within tourism in Europe. Launched 16 years ago it is also one of the biggest of its kind in the world having helped nearly 10,000 businesses improve their commitment to sustainability. It offers credible, trustworthy, independent guidance to tourism businesses.

Visit the Brockholes website here

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