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Find the key to a green holiday in Pembrokeshire

Pembrokeshire Tourism - Friday, September 08, 2017
When you’re preparing to book a getaway in Pembrokeshire, there will be several factors that influence your choice of where to stay. For example, you may want to stay near to a beach, or perhaps be nestled away in a quieter spot. Maybe you’re looking for somewhere that’s got a certain number of stars on their grading, and positive reviews from previous guests too. But did you know that there is another award for tourism businesses that recognises how environmentally responsible they are?

The Green Key award is a world-wide accreditation and the leading standard for excellence in the field of sustainable operation and environmental responsibility. At a global level, the award is managed by the Foundation for Environmental Education, which is the same body that issues the Blue Flags we have on many of our beaches in Pembrokeshire. In Wales, the scheme is delivered in partnership with Keep Wales Tidy, enabling businesses to get involved and have their sustainable practices recognised and rewarded.

Green Key isn’t restricted to a particular type of tourism business – hotels, campsites, B&Bs, visitor attractions and restaurants are all able to take part in the scheme, gaining valuable recognition for their work whilst doing their bit to protect the environment. Here in Pembrokeshire, there are several businesses who hold the prestigious Green Key award, read on to find out who they are!


Offering a great day for the family, Folly Farm has more than just farm animals! Across the site you’ll find a zoo, fairground, play barn, adventure playgrounds and of course places to sit down and enjoy refreshment too. As part of the conservation work undertaken at Folly Farm, the team are actively involved in breeding programmes to assist in reducing the threat of extinction for several species, whilst a large array of solar panels and a biomass boiler provide the energy to heat and light the indoor visitor spaces on the farm.



With superb views towards the sea, and the fascinating Manorbier Castle just a short walk away, Manorbier Bed & Breakfast is an ideal base for a peaceful and relaxing break in Pembrokeshire. The owner, Katherine, has invested in solar panels to reduce the carbon footprint of the property, and by using locally sourced produce for her breakfasts supports local businesses and reduces the ‘food miles’ generated.


Bethsaida B&B is set in a converted Baptist Chapel in the village of St Dogmaels. Ideally located for exploring the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, or visiting the neighbouring counties of Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire, the owners of the establishment have worked hard to ensure that both the restoration of the building and the day to day running have a minimal environmental impact. Produce is locally sourced to limit the food miles, eco-friendly products are used and guests are encouraged to recycle where possible and turn off resources when they are not needed.



If you are looking for a camping or glamping break in a beautiful setting, then Top of the Woods is a great place to go! Jon & Soo, the owners, have used local tradespeople and suppliers when creating the site, and developed a number of nature reserves around the campsites to support the local wildlife. Catered camping packages are available, with local produce used and Fair Trade items at the heart of the menus.



A visit to Pembrokeshire will almost certainly involve being in the natural landscape of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park at some point. Within the Park are three visitor attractions, all of which hold the Green Key Award. Castell Henllys Iron Age Fort in the north of the county allows you to travel back in time to see how our Iron Age ancestors lived, whilst Oriel y Parc in St Davids hosts a range of art collections and galleries as well as a visitor information centre. In the south of the county, you will find Carew Castle and Tidal Mill, where you can learn more of the history associated with the area. All three sites operate in line with the National Park’s environmental policies, delivering eco-friendly working practices and supporting and maintaining nature reserves to promote flora and fauna populations.

If becoming accredited is of interest to you, Pembrokeshire Tourism will be hosting a conference on October 6th 2017. Among the distinguished speakers on the day will be Lesley Jones; CEO of Keep Wales Tidy who will be talking about Green Key accreditation and how it's having a positive impact on sustainable tourism. Click on the link above or contact Pembrokeshire Tourism to out more about the event at info@holiday-pembrokeshire.co.uk.
 
Further details on the Green Key Award
Keep Wales Tidy

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