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Green and gold

Top sustainable tourism award for Yarde Orchard

Top sustainable tourism award for Yarde Orchard

Yarde Orchard is celebrating after being awarded Gold status from the Green Tourism programme.

The cafe and accommodation site, which is located on the Tarka Trail in North Devon, has been a popular spot for cyclists and locals since it was set up in 2003.

While it has always been run with sustainability at its core, the past year has seen the business make some significant changes in taking that forward thanks to the vision of new owners Simeon and Kelly Day.

The couple, who been closely involved in the business for a number of years, were keen to show how sustainable living is a lifestyle choice. And after taking over in December 2013, they set to work  making Yarde Orchard an example of how living sustainably is not only environmentally friendly but practical and economically viable too.

“I’m pleased that they have recognised our efforts to make Yarde Orchard as sustainable as possible. There’s still more to do so we will be working hard to improve our business’s sustainability into the future.”

Simeon Day, owner, Yarde Orchard

The couple,  who closed the café down for three months to refurbish it with upcycled materials, are constantly striving  to improve Yarde Orchard’s  green credentials, but still have a long way to go, as Simeon explains:

“I’m pleased that they have recognised our efforts to make Yarde Orchard as sustainable as possible. There’s still more to do so we will be working hard to improve our business’s sustainability into the future.”

“We believe that everyone can have a little bit of sustainability in their lives, and by demonstrating real sustainable living we hope to encourage others to start making changes too. If everyone did their little bit, the world would be a very different place.”

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Greentraveller

This film was produced in partnership with Greentraveller, a media agency that runs green tourism programmes and creative marketing campaigns on sustainable transport and tourism. It produces visitor guides, leaflets, maps, videos and new media content, and also manages the award-winning website greentraveller.co.uk, which promotes green tourism businesses and holidays run by specialist tour operators that can be reached by train and ferry in the UK, Ireland and continental Europe. Its Greentraveller’s Guides are written by its team of travel writers and photographers and contain original content about green accommodation, local food and drink, visitor attractions, heritage, craft and culture, towns and villages, flora and fauna, and low impact activities, including walks and cycle rides.

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