Sustainability in the Lake District

Sustainability in the Lake District

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We’re very proud of our green credentials here at the Cedar Manor, and we have become used to media attention, especially after winning the Catey award for best sustainable hotel. We were also finalists at the Cumbria Tourism Awards this week in the category for Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism.

So we were very happy to give answer a media request for an interview…from a nine year old schoolboy.

Tom Ashworth, who goes to Ambleside Primary School, has been inspired by teenage climate change campaigner Greta Thunberg and wants to raise awareness of what’s being done here in the Lake District to save the planet – and what needs to be done.

He’s on our wavelength. He’s worried about people driving around the Lakes, which is why we fitted an electric car charging point here in our grounds. And why we promote the fact that there’s a bus stop right outside our gate, which takes you into the heart of the Lakes.

He’s worried about the number of visitors arriving by car into the Lake District, and of course we have been recommending that our guests travel by train, as we’re only a five-minute walk from the station at Windermere. And we’ve been lobbying the rail companies to improve services to the north west.

Tom’s a natural in front of the camera, a potential TV presenter in our view. And he’s very well informed, asking pertinent and sometimes difficult questions. The session was being filmed by his dad, Steve Ashworth, a professional cameraman (who’s only just got back from Scotland, where he was filming an extreme triathlon. It’s all in a day’s work…)

We were able to tell him that becoming a Green Hotel was very important for us at Cedar Manor. We love the Lake District and sharing the beauty of the National Park with our guests, but we do want to minimise the impact that we as a business has on the environment. Sustainable tourism takes the needs of our environment, local residents, their businesses and visitors into account.

We look forward to seeing Tom’s film, and have already had a sneak preview of his final message – to Donald Trump: climate change is NOT fake news. Good luck Tom, you’re a star.

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