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Tidy Wales Green Key Award sponsored by Wybone

November 8, 2016

We’re proud to announce that we’re sponsoring the Tidy Wales Awards this week, with a newly introduced category, the Green Key Award.

The awards – which have been given out each year for more than 20 years – were set up to recognise and reward those who are judged to have made a real effort to restore communities to their former glory. They are used to highlight dedication in the hope that many others will be encouraged to follow their excellent example.

Entries to the awards can include anything from picking litter to ambitious restoration schemes and are for people all of all ages.

The Green Key award celebrates businesses within the tourism industry that are pushing boundaries to be green and uphold high sustainability and environmental standards.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive of Keep Wales Tidy said “The Tidy Wales Awards celebrates people of all ages taking part in a wide range of green initiatives, all with the common goal of making Wales a better and tidier place.

This year’s Awards are even more special, as we’ve introduced a new category – the Green Key Award sponsored by Wybone. This category recognises tourism businesses that are going the extra mile to maintain high environmental standards.

We would like to thank the finalists for their hard work as well as thanking Wybone for their support.”

The shortlisted three groups from each category have been invited to attend the prestigious award ceremony which takes place in Cardiff on 21 November and is hosted by S4C presenter Sian Thomas and rugby champion, Tom Shanklin.

Green Key Award Finalist – Top of the Woods

Top of the Woods provides a nature-led camping and glamping experience. Guests can enjoy low impact camping which uses nature to inspire wellbeing and to promote green activities that have a minimal impact on the environment. Guests are encouraged to enjoy and get involved in protecting nature as a life time interest.

Green Key Award Finalist – Plas Marian Holiday Cottages

The Plas Marian Holiday Cottages are passionate about culture, heritage and the environment when it comes to developing redundant farm outbuildings into holiday cottages; they did not want to compromise on quality or environmental factors in persuit of business aims.

They invested in a ground source heat pump to provide hot water and underfloor heating on both levels of the cottages.

Green Key Award Finalist – Bryn Bella

Bryn Bella care passionately about the environment and are a regular port of call for guests travelling using only public transport. Listed as one of the 30 coolest B&Bs in Britain in March 2010, by the Times, Bryn Bella is an eco-lover’s dream. Their eco-friendly credentials are outstanding, with all electricity from renewable sources and water heated by solar energy. Everything is recycled.

Speaking of the prestigious awards, the Cabinet Secretary for Environment and Rural Affairs, Lesley Griffiths said, “Clean, safe, communities benefit everyone. Everybody has a part to play in looking after their local environments so that they are conserved and enhanced for future generations. The groups shortlisted for this year’s Tidy Wales Awards are all worthy finalists that have improved the quality of life for people in their communities and I’d like to thank them for their hard work.”

About Keep Wales Tidy

Keep Wales Tidy is one of the largest environmental charities operating across Wales. The Charity works tirelessly to promote environmental education and action in communities. The Charity works together with the Welsh Government, local authorities, businesses, third sector, schools and volunteer groups.

Keep Wales Tidy - Working in Partnership with Wybone