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Tom’s & Douglas’s Barns’ Green Conscience

The Orchard Farm garden is home to hundreds of insects and birdsYou may well have wondered, yet again, at an uncxplained apparent absence of activity… The truth is, I have been extremely busy but not doing fun things like writing on the blog, which to me is sheer relaxation. What has been preoccupying nearly every waking moment since the Horse Trials is our application for an Environmental Quality Mark.

We already have a Silver Award from the GTBS (Green Tourism Business Scheme) so even I have been asking myself the last couple of days why I should be bothering to do this, but done it I have. One quite compelling reason is that it is very much a Peak District scheme, although I gather it may became nationwide eventually, so it is very locally based with the emphasis on how we can protect and support the Peak District, working with other sympathetic organisations and holiday accommodation owners.

It is not just been green in the purely ecological sense, but also in the wider sense of being a ‘good’ citizen, a good employer and customer and a good holiday cottage owner who will look after their guests well.

The time scale or the online application has been very short, and all last week I kept thinking that it woldn’t take that much time, having already covered a lot of the ground with the GTBS, but of course when i got down to it I was shaken to find how wrong I was.

Anyway, all finished within 2 hours of the 10pm deadline tonight, and would you believe it? When I clicked ‘Submit’ with a flourish I got an error message !! In desperation I managed to print the whole thing off and send it by email as a pdf while I await someone the other end to sort out the error and advise me what to do.

Stop Press! Success! The evaluator has just emailed to say he can access our application online so all is well! John has just found this rather lovely (green) bee to celebrate!

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