Campsites in Conwy and Pembrokeshire, and an Anglesey ice cream parlour are among the latest businesses to achieve the international Green Key award.

Green Key is the fastest-growing eco-label awarded to more than 2,800 hospitality providers in 57 countries worldwide. In Wales, Green Key is operated by Keep Wales Tidy, who also manage the iconic Blue Flag programme.

Since it launched in Wales in 2015, Green Key has gained interest on a national scale. Now, nine new businesses across the country have reached the high standards needed to be awarded Green Key accreditation. They include Red Boat Ice Cream Parlour in Beaumaris, Trevayne Farm Caravan and Camping near Tenby and Platts Farm Campsite & Bunkhouse in Llanfairfechan – the first campsite in North Wales to reach Green Key standards.

Rosie Abbott from Trevayne Farm said;

Trevayne has always held sustainability as one of its core values, focussing on a multifaceted approach. Our methods to maintain a sustainable campsite include providing customers with a user friendly recycling and compost area, we have systems in place to help reduce water waste from toilets, showers and sinks and encourage our customers to switch off and enjoy their natural surroundings. We also have a farm shop on site which sells locally sourced produce, in this area we have reverted to using glass for milk and drinks, have a refillable water filling station and have stopped the use of plastic bags.  We aim to keep developing Trevayne to be as sustainable as possible and are proud to be awarded a Green Key by Keep Wales Tidy.

In addition, Manorbier Bed and Breakfast in Pembrokeshire and Adcote House Bed and Breakfast in Conwy have continued improving on their sustainability and are celebrating Green Key accreditation for the third consecutive year.

Conwy County Borough Council has become the first local authority in the country to demonstrate its commitment to sustainability by achieving Green Key accreditation at three of its sites (Conwy Business Centre, Llandudno Tourist Information Centre and Conwy Tourist Information Centre).

Nia Kirkham, Conwy Business Centre Development Officer said:

We are extremely proud to have been awarded the internationally recognised Green Key accreditation.  At Conwy Business Centre, we want delegates to know that their activities are having a reduced environmental impact when they choose to come here. Green Key will help promote Conwy Business Centre internationally to those who want to know that they are making a more sustainable choice.

I’d encourage any business to find out more about Green Key; we all have a contribution to make ensuring that our business operations are sustainable and a responsibility to reduce our impact on the environment. Green Key really does help to integrate practical processes and choices into everyday operations.

Businesses throughout the sector are eligible to apply for Green Key. This includes bed and breakfasts, hotels, self-catering accommodation, camp sites, conference centres, restaurants and attractions.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy said:

We’d like to congratulate all of our new Green Key businesses on their success. We’ve seen mounting concern over recent months about the damage that’s being caused to our natural environment, so it’s important to recognise and celebrate Welsh businesses that are taking the lead on sustainability.

Green Key provides an opportunity to put Wales on the map as a 21st century, sustainable destination. It’s reassuring to know that when you choose to visit a Green Key site, you’re visiting a place that is committed to caring for our environment.

For more information, visit the Green Key website www.greenkey.cymru

The newly accredited Green Key businesses include:

Trevayne Farm Caravan and Camping, The Red Boat Ice-Cream Parlour, Platt’s Farm Holidays Ltd, Conwy Business Centre, Conwy Tourist Information Centre, Llandudno Tourist Information Centre, Bryntirion Bed and Breakfast and Inn

The following businesses have recently been awarded Green Key accreditation for the second or third time:

Manorbier Bed and Breakfast, North Wales Tourism and Adcote House

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