Tourism embraces the environment


The Cornwall Wildlife Trust has been paying tribute to the businesses that entered the Wildlife Friendly Business Award category at last week’s Cornwall Tourism Awards.

The popular category has been running since the trust’s 50th anniversary in 2012 and this year was sponsored by long-term Trust Wildlife Partner, Trebah Garden.

Trustee Keith Hambly-Staite and Cheryl Marriott, deputy conservation manager for Cornwall Wildlife Trust, were judges of the category and congratulated the entrants’ achievements.

Hambly-Staite said: “Throughout the judging process I was struck by the willingness, enthusiasm and commitment of businesses to maintain and enhance their local environment and to promote its flora and fauna to their visitors.

“In a multitude of ways more and more tourist attractions and accommodation providers are recognising the importance of the environment and local wildlife to the success of their enterprises.”

“Tourism is a multi-million pound business sector bringing employment and economic wealth to many, often rural, parts of Cornwall. Our Wildlife Business Friendly category recognises the importance of business working with the environment which itself is the most important economic and social asset that we have.

“I would like to congratulate all those participating in the awards, especially, the winners this year, but also all those who took part and who made this year the most successful yet.”

Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park received Gold, with Silver going to The Olde House, Wadebridge. Encounter Cornwall  and the Wild Futures Monkey Sanctuary both received Bronze.