A historic Lancashire hotel has received a boost to business following a string of awards for its green initiatives which include the creation of ‘bee hotels’ and a wildlife haven in the grounds.
Stirk House Hotel, in the Ribble Valley, recently won the Sustainable Business Award for SMEs category and the Lancashire Business Environment Awards, while head chef Chris Dobson was shortlisted for the Environmental Champion category, according to a report in The Clitheroe Advertiser and Times.
Last year, the property won the Community Responsibility for Small Companies award in recognition of its pioneering conservation work with the World Owl Trust (WOT).
Owner Paul Caddy and his team also took the runner-up position in the Green Tourism category at the Lancashire Green Awards and are continuing to drive their low-carbon agenda on a number of fronts.
“We firmly believe in the importance of sustainability and are fully committed to implementing it throughout our business,” Caddy told the publication.
A close relationship with WOT has resulted in the manor house hotel’s 20 acres of grounds becoming a wildlife haven.
Caddy and his team have listed 15 mammal and 49 bird species in the grounds and encourage guests and the public – including school visits – to use a wildlife hide. “Five-star bee hotels”, designed to help the country’s increasingly threatened bee population, are another especially innovative project.
He added that the bee hotels were a great way to garner interest from guests and the public in biodiversity issues.
The report says Stirk House Hotel has also enlisted the services of sustainability specialists M4C to develop a low carbon policy.
“It outlines our commitments and ensures sustainability is incorporated into our day-to-day operations.” said Caddy.
Engaging staff has also been key to rolling out the environmental initiatives throughout the hotel.
Stirk House Hotel is now considering the use of bio-mass to produce heat from wood shavings or pellets in a special low-carbon heating system.