Windermere’s Cedar Manor hotel and restaurant has again been awarded the gold award, the highest standard, by the Green Tourism scheme.
The award is proof that the hotel’s commitment to the best environmental practice is at the heart of its business.
A Green Tourism award shows that a business has been independently assessed and certified, so that visitors can choose the greenest option with confidence.
With over 2,000 members in the UK, Ireland and Canada, it is the largest and most established sustainable certification programme in the world. Green Tourism offers credible, trustworthy, independent guidance to tourism businesses wishing to operate sustainably.
The latest award follows the Cedar Manor’s success this summer in winning the Small Considerate Hotel National and International title, the top accolade for sustainable practice and care for the environment.
Owner Jonathan Kaye said that the Gold award demanded very high standards of good practice and evidence that the business was committed to continual environmental improvement. They also have to ensure that all staff are trained in the environmental programme.
“We are very pleased to be recognised again,” said Jonathan. “We are determined to prove that a luxury hotel can be run on sustainable principles. We maintain a respect for natural resources through conservation and material reuse and recovery, and use recyclable packaging and other materials wherever possible.
“We ensure the responsible use of energy throughout the business including energy conservation and energy efficiency, and buy environmentally friendly produce and products. It is something that we know our guests appreciate.”
At the recent Considerate Hotels award ceremony in London, the guest speaker, the TV presenter and nature documentary film-maker, Simon King OBE, said that the hotel industry was one which was taking seriously threat to the planet.
He said that top hotels had the power to be opinion-formers and role models. “You hold the flag,” he said. And he warned: “We need to pay extra for our food; because cheap is costing us the earth.”
The Cedar Manor hotel also holds the Cumbria Business Environment gold award. Jonathan is also a Trustee of Nurture Lakeland, which inspires people to care for and contribute to the natural environment of the Lake District through a visitor giving scheme.