Businesses earn green credentials

Fourteen local businesses were presented with the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark for caring for the environment - award-winners pictured after the ceremony at Haddon Hall. Photo contributed.
Fourteen local businesses were presented with the Peak District Environmental Quality Mark for caring for the environment - award-winners pictured after the ceremony at Haddon Hall. Photo contributed.
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‘GREEN’ businesses which work to safeguard the local environment and heritage have been honoured.

Peak District Environmental Quality Marks were presented to 14 businesses during a ceremony at the historic Haddon Hall recently.

The awards take the total number of Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) businesses to 98, all working hard to reduce their environmental impact and conserve the Peak District National Park.

The latest award winners include: April Cottage, Youlgrave; Parsley Hay Refreshments, near Hartington; Sally Mosley Guided Walks, Over Haddon; Coconut Blush, Buxton; Wood Turning at Christmas Cottage, Youlgrave; Shatton Hall Farm, Bamford.

John Mettrick, of JW Mettrick & Son, whose butchers shops in Glossop and Hadfield hold the EQM as well as all their lamb suppliers, said: “All EQM businesses put pride in the Peak District at the heart of their operations.

“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 Awards 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.

Broad Ecton Farm Partnership, of Wetton, was also shortlisted for its conservation work.

The EQM scheme is run by the Peak District National Park Authority with partners emda, Natural England and the Derbyshire Economic Partnership.

Sponsors for the presentation evening were Waitrose of Buxton, Bagshaws chartered surveyors of Bakewell, Peak Press of Chapel-en-le-Frith, and JW Mettrick & Son.

Businesses can apply for the award at www.eqm.org.uk/peakdistrict.