Eco firms get quality marks

Award-winning: Fourteen businesses were presented with the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark at Haddon Hall.
Award-winning: Fourteen businesses were presented with the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark at Haddon Hall.

Green businesses in the Peak District picked up quality awards for their work to safeguard the area’s environment and heritage.

Fourteen businesses received the Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) during a presentation event at the historic Haddon Hall.

The awards bring the total number of eco-friendly businesses in the Peak District to 98, all working hard to reduce their environmental impact and conserve the landscape of the National Park.

New winners included Bolehill Farm Holiday Cottages, near Bakewell, Elton Old Hall, April Cottage, Youlgrave, Haddon Hall Visitor Attraction, Parsley Hay Refreshments, Hartington, Sally Mosley Guided Walks, Over Haddon, Andrew Lawton Furniture, Grindleford and Wood Turning, at Christmas Cottage, Youlgrave.

Sponsors for the presentation evening were Bagshaws chartered surveyors, of Bakewell, Waitrose, of Buxton, Peak Press, of Chapel-en-le-Frith, and JW Mettrick and Son, butchers, with shops in Glossop and Hadfield, hold the Environmental Quality Mark as well as all their lamb suppliers.

John Mettrick said: “All EQM businesses put pride in the Peak District at the heart of their operations, and we’re pleased to support such an excellent environmental scheme.

“For traders it makes good business sense to display their green credentials, and customers who buy EQM products can be assured they’re helping the Peak District environment and the local economy.”

For the first time, two businesses were presented with an EQM Special Award for their outstanding contribution to the scheme.

They were Eco Eco homewear shop, of Hope, and High Nightam Farm, near Chinley, who have collaborated to develop unique conservation-grade Derbyshire Gritstone wool products, including knitting yarn, throws and home accessories.