CHRISTMAS OFFER Subscribe to Derbyshire Life today CLICK HERE

Peak District Environmental Quality Mark Awards

PUBLISHED: 16:32 06 May 2014

Environmental Quality Mark award recipients 2013: (front) Natalia Claye of the Bakewell Soap Company; Sara Robinson of Peat Pits Farm Holiday Cottages, Julie Colley, Sladen Lodge, Catherine Payne, Green Farm Plants & Herbs; (back) Isabel Smith, Ballfield Barn; Antony Allen of the Bakewell Soap Company; Mike Monaghan of Buxton Civic Association; Sara Price, Village Green Café; and Netta Christie of Discover Buxton

Environmental Quality Mark award recipients 2013: (front) Natalia Claye of the Bakewell Soap Company; Sara Robinson of Peat Pits Farm Holiday Cottages, Julie Colley, Sladen Lodge, Catherine Payne, Green Farm Plants & Herbs; (back) Isabel Smith, Ballfield Barn; Antony Allen of the Bakewell Soap Company; Mike Monaghan of Buxton Civic Association; Sara Price, Village Green Café; and Netta Christie of Discover Buxton

as submitted

Chair of the Peak District National Park Authority, Cllr Tony Favell, presented nine new Environmental Quality Mark (EQM) Awards to Peak District businesses at a dinner held at Thornbridge Hall, near Ashford in the Water

Now with 68 award-holders, the scheme is in its 10th year and Cllr Favell said its success was ‘down to the people involved and the passion they demonstrate in creating unique products and services that help look after the environment as well as local people and communities.’ He continued: ‘Each of these businesses supports their local economy, works to reduce their environmental impact, plays an active role in their local community and helps conserve the Peak District National Park.’

Businesses attending the event included some that received awards when the scheme was launched in 2003 and so have maintained high environmental standards for over 10 years. Two special awards for outstanding contributions to the scheme were given to Paul and Elspeth Walker of Dove Valley Centre, Sheen, and to Ken Parker, now retired, who founded the scheme when he worked for the Peak District National Park Authority.

The awards celebration was organised by the Environmental Quality Mark community interest company, which took over its running from the National Park Authority in 2012. EQM director Faith Johnson said: ‘As a not-for-profit company the awards dinner is achieved on a small budget made possible thanks to the EQM award holders, from farmers to butchers to gourmet caterers, who donated their wonderful produce. Our 10 year celebration was extra special thanks to Jim and Emma Harrison who invited us all to Thornbridge Hall for the occasion.’ The event was attended by businesses from Staffordshire who participate in the Staffordshire Environmental Quality Mark, and other supporters of the occasion included Losehill House Hotel, and The Dorothy Clive Garden. Welcome drinks were Renishaw Hall pink sparkling wine and Rowley’s Cardinal Punch provided by Fischer’s of Baslow.

Gourmet Express and Strand Fine Catering created a spectacular locally produced banquet using EQM ingredients. Beef was donated by EW Coates butchers, lamb donated by J W Mettrick & Son and free range pork sausages were donated by Essington Fruit Farm. Desserts were provided by award recipients The Village Green Café in Eyam, Tindall’s of Tideswell, Hope Valley Ice Cream and Matlock Meadows Ice Cream. Handmade after dinner mints, truffles and a celebration cake were donated by the Bakewell company, Naughty & Nice. There was also a display of award-winning crafts including ceramics, soaps, Peak District wool products and turned wooden bowls.

The Peak District award winners 2013 were:

Local makers and producers: Bakewell Soap Co, Bakewell; Green Farm Plants & Herbs, Birchover

Accommodation: Ballfields Barn, Bradnop; Peat Pits Farm Holiday Cottages, Bradfield; Sladen Lodge, Hathersage

Tourism and recreation: Buxton Civic Association (Poole’s Cavern and associated woodland), Buxton; Discover Buxton, Buxton; Village Green Café, Eyam

Training and facilitation: Wayahead Training, Buxton

To find out more contact 0770 245 2777 or view www.eqm.org.uk/peakdistrict

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Derbyshire Life and Countryside visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Derbyshire Life and Countryside staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Derbyshire Life and Countryside account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

More from People

Community spirit is alive and well in this charming, characterful village five miles north of Derby where residents pulled together to rescue their 400-year-old inn

Read more

David Marley discovers how Jacci Woodcock, an inspirational Derbyshire activist who is dying from cancer, is leading a national campaign to secure better employment protection for terminally ill people

Read more

Kevin Palmer talks to Mike Perry, who is retiring after a lifetime of public service

Read more

As we commemorate the 1918 Armistice, Pat Ashworth looks into the poignant local projects that have brought to life the effect of the 1914-1918 conflict on our ancestors’ lives

Read more

Adrian Farmer can certainly be said to ‘put his money where his mouth is’, backing his role as Heritage Coordinator for the DVMWHS with support for Belper’s history and heritage.

Read more

Gamekeepers and the ‘ton up’ boys learned to live in harmony – and for a time they somehow made it work!

Read more

David Marley talks to Ashley Fulwood the Derbyshire-born chief executive of OCD-UK who swapped the corporate city trading world for a life leading a national health charity.

Read more

Hartington Rural Social Group in Derbyshire is celebrating after being awarded a grant of £1,000 to help fund new seating for the elderly, as part of rural energy provider Calor’s annual funding scheme.

Read more

Sally Mosley scans her bookshelf for a brief round-up of Peak visitors across the ages who were inspired to celebrate its people and places.

Read more
Peak District

Lissa Cook finds out about the new experimental Active4Life initiative which aims to help communities to get up and about.

Read more

Tinnitus sufferers are being invited to use a new online, sound matching tool to help better understand their type of tinnitus and the potential treatments available to them.

Read more

Mary Berry talks to Pat Ashworth about why she loves the Chatsworth Country Fair

Read more
Chatsworth

John Wright reveals what became of some of the county’s first convict colonists

Read more

Pat Ashworth meets Jasvinder Sanghera CBE, the Derby-born founder of the national award-winning charity Karma Nirvana

Read more

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy


Subscribe or buy a mag today

Topics of Interest


Local Business Directory


Property Search