6 October 2006
Environmentally-friendly B&B is the pride of the South
A rural Bed and Breakfast business in Lagness, Chichester
- Old Chapel Forge - has been rewarded for its commitment
to the environment, having been named joint winner of the
first-ever Green Tourism Award, in the prestigious Tourism
ExSEllence Awards 2006 for the South East.
The new award recognises good environmental practice in tourism,
including introducing ‘green’ initiatives within the business
and encouraging other organisations in the local community
to become environmentally aware and adopt sustainable approaches
to their operation.
The prestigious Tourism ExSEllence Awards, run by Tourism
South East, recognise the region’s best tourism products.
Old Chapel Forge received the accolade at a glittering awards
ceremony on Thursday 5 October.
Old Chapel Forge was named as Joint Winner in the inaugural
year of the Green Tourism Awards, having renovated and increased
its room numbers as a totally sustainable build project. The
business utilises environmentally friendly policies throughout
all aspects of its operation and has become established as
a champion for sustainable tourism in the community.
Environmentally friendly alternatives such as solar water
heating, low energy lighting, grey water recycling, green
power tariffs with tree planting schemes to offset carbon
emissions, rain water harvesting and many more activities
have also provided energy saving benefits. Old Chapel Forge
uses organic and fair trade products with extensive use of
locally produced food.
As a ‘Business Champion’ and Gold Award winner in the Green
Tourism Business Scheme, a founder member of the South Downs
Green Club and winner of other ‘green’ awards, the owners
of Old Chapel Forge have played a major role in the development
of green tourism locally and indeed nationwide, including
through lectures and conferences. They proactively encourage
guests and other tourism businesses to promote sustainability
and encourage environmentally-friendly policies and behaviour.
Old Chapel Forge beat off stiff competition to become Joint
Winner of the Green Tourism category in the Tourism ExSEllence
Awards 2006. Entrants to the awards covered the huge Tourism
South East region, which stretches far afield from Kent through
Sussex, Surrey, Hampshire and across to North Oxfordshire
and West Berkshire.
Tourism South East Managing Director Bob Collier said: “Not
only have the owners of Old Chapel Forge demonstrated a real
commitment to sustainability, which runs throughout the business,
but they have been true pioneers and champions in increasing
awareness of environmental issues within the tourism industry.
Old Chapel Forge has been at the forefront of introducing
environmental initiatives and its progressive, proactive activity
across so many areas of its operation has been rewarded through
being named as a deserved winner in the category.”
Television personality Angela Rippon presented awards across
14 categories at the Tourism ExSEllence Awards, attended by
more than 200 representatives from the region’s tourism industry.
The Awards recognise commitment to quality, innovation and
service in all aspects of different tourism businesses.
The Tourism ExSEllence Awards 2006 are sponsored by EDF Energy,
one of the UK’s largest energy companies supplying gas and
electricity to more than five million consumers, as well as
Take One Media, the South East Food Group Partnership and
The Visitor Network.