Folly Farm wins Green Tourism gold!
Folly Farm Centre has been awarded a gold certification by Green Tourism for its commitment to sustainability.
Green Tourism measured 10 different aspects for the award including energy saving, waste minimisation, nature and culture, and commitment from management.
Folly Farm Centre is an education, conference and wedding venue situated in a 250-acre nature reserve in the Chew Valley, 10 miles from Bristol and Bath. The Centre is owned by Avon Wildlife Trust, with all profits from events gift-aided to the work of the wildlife charity.
The gold award is the highest accolade on offer from Green Tourism and beats Folly Farm Centre’s previous silver accreditation achieved in 2013. It has been a successful year for the Centre, having also been awarded gold in the Fairtrade Business Awards in March 2015.
Folly Farm Centre is a converted 18th century farm house and proudly boasts many eco features such as rainwater harvesting, biomass heating, solar panels, and reed-bed sewage treatment. In addition to this, the Centre has a designated ‘green team’ who strive to improve the venue’s green credentials. Recent improvements include increasing use of home-grown food, organic vegetables from the wildlife-friendly kitchen garden, increasing recycling and the installation of an electric car charging facility which is free for guests.
Offering residential and day visits for schools, as well as conference and wedding facilities, Folly Farm Centre is a multi-award-winning outfit that ticks all the boxes for customers looking for an inspirational venue that is conscious of its impact on the environment. In fact, by holding an event at Folly Farm Centre, customers are not just minimising their impact on the environment but actively helping because profits go to Avon Wildlife Trust to protect wildlife and inspire people about the value of nature.
Andrew Lund-Yates, Folly Farm Centre Director, said: “We are delighted that our efforts to operate sustainably have been recognised by the prestigious Green Tourism awards. For the team here, achieving this was not simply about getting the gold, but more about developing how we could work and offer high levels of customer service in a way that was as sustainable as possible. Customer feedback has reflected genuine appreciation of the way we operate and I’m very proud of the whole team for the effort they have put in throughout the year. This was a great way to finish Bristol’s year as European Green Capital 2015!”