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Green into Gold

Bryn Bella B&B's ongoing commitment to running a sustainable and green business has received further recognition with North Wales' first Gold Award from the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS).

Co-owner Mark Edwards, said: "The prestigious gold award received from the Gold Committee of the GTBS confirms Bryn Bella’s green vision for the future of sustainable tourism in Snowdonia. This award, the first of its kind in the region, reflects our efforts over a number of years and comes on the back of the Most Sustainable B&B Award 2009 from the Green Snowdonia Tourism Awards."

He added: "Our eco policy includes recycling and energy saving initiatives for all areas of the business from the bedrooms to locally sourced food and has achieved complete support from our guests. At Bryn Bella we recycle 95% of our waste with the implementation of a robust recycling ethos. We look forward to working closely with GTBS to promote sustainable Tourism throughout the area."

Bryn Bella was assessed in a range of areas, such as energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and more, by an independent assessor from the nationwide Green Tourism Business Scheme. The Green Tourism Business Scheme offers independent certification for businesses and supports them as they work towards sustainability. Certification comes after an on-site grading visit and report.

A prerequisite for businesses joining the scheme is a commitment to quality. For Tourism Accommodation this means a quality grading assessment to the National Quality Assurance Scheme (NQAS) standard as provided by one of the following: VisitScotland, VisitBritain, VisitWales or the AA.

Bryn Bella is a popular B&B that attracts guests who are keen to get out-and-about exploring the area and and increasingly attracts visitors who make their choice of accommodation based on its commitment to the environment. At Bryn Bella all electricity is from renewable sources, water is heated by solar energy and nearly everything is recycled. Owners, Mark and Joan, also grow their own fruit and vegetables and collect eggs from their chickens that run freely outside. Bryn Bella is one of several business that have benefited from its involvement with Green Snowdonia who delivered the Snowdonia National Park Authority (SNPA) 2010 Growing Sustainable Tourism Workshop programme.

Topic: Sustainable Tourism in Snowdonia, Green Snowdonia, Bryn Bella Bed and Breakfast.

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