Green Tourism award for Bolton Castle

Jason Hanslip at Bolton Castle.

Bolton Castle has been awarded the bronze award by Green Tourism, a national organisation promoting greener ways to operate in the leisure and tourism industry in the UK.

The venue said its team was working hard to achieve a key number of green targets, and the Bronze Award is its first step on its green journey towards the Gold standard.

Jacqui Naylor, Bolton Castle’s general manager, said: “We are working hard to achieve the top standard and our bronze award recognises the steps we have already taken to make our lovely castle a greener venue.

“Steps include reducing energy use, saving water, efficient and eco-friendly waste disposal, ethical buying, promoting biodiversity and adopting a smart, commitment to low food miles and a sustainable outlook throughout all our processes to ensure that we are an environmentally friendly visitor attraction and wedding location.”

Bolton Castle’s tea room always uses local and seasonal produce, often including ingredients grown in the estate’s gardens.

Jason Hanslip, head gardener, is delighted with the award.

“We make every effort to retain our green ethos with what we grow and use from the garden as well as in our garden practices, but the bronze award shows we are on the right track to achieve the silver and hopefully the gold award.

“Our visitors are an integral part of this process and we look forward to welcoming them to the castle and gardens, showing them how going green can benefit them and enhance their visit. It’s an award about which we are very proud.”

The Green Tourism awards certification programme recognises the commitment of tourism businesses which are actively working to become more sustainable.

The award denotes that Bolton Castle has achieved a number of stringent green criteria designed by Green Tourism’s experts.