Silver tourism award for David Marshall Lodge

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Aberfoyle’s reputation as a green tourism hub is growing – thanks to David Marshall Lodge recently being awarded a silver ‘Green Business Tourism’ Award.

The Green Tourist Business Scheme - the only certification scheme validated by Visit Britain - offers tourism firms environmental advice and auditing that helps them to conserve resources, reduce waste and boost sustainable tourism.

The team at David Marshal Lodge -managed by Forestry Commission Scotland - are now redoubling their efforts to chase the coveted gold award.

Stuart Chalmers, for the Commission in Aberfoyle, said:

“This award is great news for us and we are all very pleased that our efforts to make David Marshall Lodge a ‘green business’ have been recognised.

“We met the challenge of tougher criteria to win the silver award and we’re already looking at implementing the some of the assessor’s recommendations.”

As well as structural issues – such as improving double glazing, roof insulation and electricity metering – the report suggests developing a site–specific green policy and a responsible visitors' charter as well as establishing and signing recycling facilities.

Other actions that can be implemented more quickly include - ensuring all light bulbs are low energy options, installing savaflush bags in cisterns and sourcing recycled toilet paper.

Stuart added:

“Our overall grading showed that we were not far off winning a gold award – so who knows….maybe next year!”

1) Forestry Commission Scotland serves as the Scottish Government’s forestry directorate and manages the 665,000 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.