We’re delighted Wheatland Farm was been awarded Bronze across the whole south west region (Devon, Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset, Bristol…) for Responsible Ethical and Sustainable Tourism in this year’s South West Tourism Awards.
We shared the bronze with a holiday park in Dorset – Bagwell Farm. This year, the silver and gold regional prizes went to lovely businesses, both much larger than us, Silver for the River Dart Country Park and gold going to a fabulous outdoor pursuits centre (Mill on the Brue) in Somerset.
One of the most important things we get out of entering the awards is an opportunity to take stock, garner some recognition for what we’ve achieved, but also to get inspiration and focus for further improvements. So this February we’re using the Award to kick start a Wheatland Farm Charter for 2020, in which we’ll bench mark our challenges, make some plans, and map progress. Call it an ongoing commitment, call it a non-financial business plan, or just a Green Action Plan, it will guide our green efforts this year.
Of course, we’ve already done much of the obvious stuff, so now the challenges are getting a bit more diffuse. Keeping up the pressure is still important though. It’s by consistently finding better, less consumptive solutions that we can all help tackle the climate and biodiversity crises.
We’ll be looking in detail at wildlife management, resource use, food (for us and our guests), transport, refurbishments, guest’s engagement with our natural surroundings, etc. etc. It’s too much detail for a single post, so we’ll start a working plan that we can keep coming back to.