Green turns to gold for Ribby Hall Village

Ribby Hall Village has been awarded Gold status from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.

ribby-discovery-michaela-diane-hiThe Visit England initiative monitors businesses and their sustainability, and to achieve gold status a business needs to adhere to a strict 60-point checklist and undergo a thorough on-site inspection and audit. All aspects from management to waste minimisation are scored.

Ribby Hall Village scored highly throughout the report with recycling graded as outstanding and monitoring of energy, water and waste as very good.

The Village also scored highly within procurement where Fairtrade is supported and the use of local suppliers throughout all levels of the business from local free range eggs to ethically-sourced washing-up-liquid. Throughout the report Ribby Hall Village is highly commended on its installations with energy efficient boilers and LED lights.

Assessor Jon Proctor said: “Ribby Hall Village is a prime example of how attitude is the key in achieving a greener environment. Employees at Ribby Hall Village actually care about their business and this is evident in The Village’s approach to environmental matters.

"Every new initiative is carefully considered as to how it will improve a guests experience whilst minimising environmental impact. Spending time with the team at Ribby Hall Village whilst conducting the audit I felt the personal passion of each individual in making The Village the best it can be whilst considering environmental factors.”

Ribby Hall Village’s senior manager, Diane Cottam, said: “Being awarded Gold status in the Green Tourism Business Scheme is a wonderful accolade for Ribby Hall Village and its employees. We continue to be mindful in all aspects of the business where we can limit demands on the environment. Green accreditation is a true source of pride for the entire team.

"There is no greater accolade than being recognised as a 'green business' and is demonstrative of Ribby Hall Village’s considered approach with the business, environment and its guests. This is a remarkable vote of confidence to our business and our continued commitment to excellence.”

Diane continues: “Sustainable tourism is a benchmark for Ribby Hall Village. Whilst we want to continue to improve our facilities and services for our guests we also wish to be mindful of the impact tourism has on the environment. If the Village can put the basics in place then holidaymakers can be encouraged to be more mindful about the environment whilst holidaying." This is the third time Ribby Hall Village has been accredited by Visit England for its Green Tourism initiatives and the second time it has reached gold status.