“Tourists in the 21st century are likely to base their choices in travel and tourism on environmental protection and social responsibility” British Tourism Framework Review.
We love where we live and work. Our family of hotels are all located in beautiful corners of Lancashire and Cumbria, with either stunning Lake views, ancient woodland, the Trough of Bowland on the doorstep and on Morecambe Bay an area of outstanding natural beauty.
Our Visitor Giving scheme ensures that vital funds are channelled back into the environment which allows conservation of our spectacular Lake District and Lancashire landscapes. The principle is very simple, lots of people give a small amount and much is achieved. On check-in each guest is asked if they are happy to give a voluntary donation of £1 towards the conservation projects that we are actively supporting.
At our hotel in the Lake District, Low Wood Bay, we practice what we preach and that is why we are going back to basics and are sending several members of staff to the projects base of Barkbooth Lot and Dubworth Silver Meadows where they can gain a real understanding of how the money collected is used.
Barkbooth Lot near the head of the Winster Valley includes rough fell land, oak woodland and meadow. The reserve has been extended recently, doubling its size and walls and fences have been repaired and gates added to keep livestock and deer out in order to protect the oak woodland. The meadow is being restored to encourage native species. Damselflies and dragonflies are numerous around the tarns on Barkbooth Lot and part of the pond on Low Fell will be dredged to allow more open water.
Dubwath Silver Meadows is a new nature reserve which has been created as part of the Bassenthwaite Reflections programme. This seven hectares wetland site was once part of Bassenthwaite Lake and is now home to a range of special wetland flora and fauna.
With tourism and conservation working in such close partnership it is a triple win for guests, locals and the environment.
Details of our visits to these projects coming soon …
- Written by: +Tina Taylor