Monday, 4 January 2010

Fairhaven Garden - Gold Award - Green Tourism Business Scheme

Congratulations to Fairhaven Woodland and Water Garden, South Walsham, for achieving the Gold standard in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, the national sustainable tourism scheme for the UK, Fairhaven is the first visitor attraction in Norfolk to receive a Gold award, which follows the garden’s Sustainable Tourism accolade in November’s EDP Tourism in Norfolk Awards.

The Green Tourism Business Scheme audit report stated that: "Fairhaven is a very eco related gardens attraction. The buildings have incorporated some of the most progressive green elements including heat pumps, rainwater harvesting and sustainable construction methods. The garden areas are very natural and include walks for disabled with a braille trail for visitors. Fairhaven has an excellent craft shop with a great many local and environmentally sourced products. The café area has a strong focus on providing and promoting local food. Overall a good Gold award winning business."

Fairhaven was also a finalist in East of England Tourism’s England for Excellence Awards 2009, Sustainable Tourism category, was highly commended in the CPRE Norfolk Awards 2008 and was winner of the Business Waste, best practice category in The Norfolk Waste Partnership Awards 2008.