29 SEPTEMBER 2011NEWS RELEASE No: 14985
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Efforts to establish David Marshall Lodge (DML) Visitor Centre as a sustainable tourism operation have picked up a Gold rating from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Forestry Commission Scotland’s team at DML have worked closely with staff from the onsite franchises at Go Ape and the Bluebell café to pick up the top-flight award for Environmental Management.
DML Supervisor, Anne Gilchrist said:
“This is a fantastic achievement that embodies the work we have put in to making sure that visitors enjoy a high quality experience that has no negative impact on the environment.
“From minimising waste to training staff, or encouraging more use of local public transport to sourcing local and sustainable products, we’ve set out our objectives and demonstrated our commitment to sustainability.
“It’s a great accolade for all of the team here – and it could be a first for the Commission!”
Further measures taken towards gaining the award include installing a biomass boiler system to provide renewable and sustainable energy for heating and hot water.
The award also recognises the active support given to local communities, the promotion of conservation projects and ongoing efforts to encourage greater use of cycle routes such as the NCN7 and the Loch Ard Family Friendly Sculpture trail.
As well as receiving their Gold rating, the team have also been given some pointers on further improvements that will aid future sustainable development.
For more information abut what’s happening at David Marshal lodge, visit www.forestry.gov.uk/DML
Notes to Editors
1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 660,000 hectare national forest estate. Scottish forestry is making a sustainable contribution to Scotland’s economy. Over 31,000 jobs are now supported by the forestry sector in Scotland and the industry generates around £670 million each year. With wood being an important and renewable resource, our forests and woodlands are helping support many rural communities and businesses. www.forestry.gov.uk/scotland
2) The Accompanying image shows Anne Gilchrist, DML Supervisor, with the Gold Award.
3) For more information on the Green Tourism Business Scheme visit www.green-business.co.uk/