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Eco-tourism business up for Climate Week award

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: February 21, 2014

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AN ASHBOURNE farming and eco-holiday enterprise has been shortlisted for an award as part of a nation-wide search for the UK’s most innovative, effective and ambitious organisations.

Hoe Grange Holidays in Brassington has been selected as one of four finalists for the Best Business Initiative category in the Climate Week Awards, a scheme centred around a week of activities next month.

The family-run company uses a range of renewable technologies and methods to offer low-carbon holidays and its owners David and Felicity Brown try to minimise use of fossil fuels.

To achieve this, 75 per cent of energy needs are produced on site with a 10kw wind turbine, solar power enhanced with a tracking system, heat pumps and none of the business’s waste goes to landfill. Together these initiatives have reduced carbon output by more than 21 tonnes per year.

Mr Brown said: “We are delighted to be finalists in these prestigious national awards.

“We hope our actions not only inspire guests and businesses alike to find out more about climate change and what can be done to reduce energy and waste, but also how to adapt to change.”

The awards ceremony will be held on Tuesday, March 4 at the Excel Centre in London, as part of the launch event for Climate Week 2014.

Climate Week is Britain’s biggest climate change campaign and the week of activities runs from Monday, March 3 until Sunday, March 9.

It is aimed at showcasing practical solutions from every sector of society that help people live and work more sustainably.

Mrs Brown said: “Climate Week is a great opportunity for us all to concentrate on reducing the amount of energy we waste in our homes and workplaces every day.

“We believe small improvements can be as important as big innovations and can really make a difference”.

To find out more about the initiative, the awards, and how to take part in Climate Week visit www.climateweek.com

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