A LEADING visitor attraction which was developed at a former working colliery has won its second accolade for green tourism in four months
Woodhorn Museum and Archive Centre near Ashington – which was developed on the site of the pit that closed 30 years ago – is celebrating the dual honour for its work in promoting sustainable tourism.
In October the museum won a gold award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme in recognition of its efforts to exist in harmony with the environment.
Now it has received the gold award for sustainable tourism in the annual North East England Tourism Awards.
Woodhorn director Keith Merrin said he was thrilled at the latest success in regional tourism awards. “It recognises the huge effort staff have put in to reduce Woodhorn’s energy consumption, implement ethical and environmental purchasing policies and encourage wildlife around the site,” he said.
“Winning the award means we will be in the running to go forward to the national Visit England Tourism Awards, so we have fingers crossed that we make the shortlist for that.”
The Woodhorn building harvests rainwater to feed its toilets, uses solar panels, has a wind turbine to power its entrance sign and is committed to reducing its carbon footprint through energy efficiency.
It recycles as much waste as possible, encourages visitors to respect the environment by doing the same and promotes its country park environment – which includes a red squirrel population – as a home for green events.