David Bellamy/GTBS

We belong to the David Bellamy Scheme and the GTBS Scheme to show our commitment towards sustainability and biodiversity. Both schemes are similar but different, and each has its own uniqueness.

To find out more information about both schemes, see below for a more detailed explanation.

What is the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS)?

The aim of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) is to offer guidelines to tourism businesses on how to make their operations more sustainable while still delivering a high quality service. There are over 150 individual measures in the criteria, which focus on 10 different areas.

Each business is scored on up to 60 measures and the results will establish what award level they have achieved, i.e. Going Green, Bronze, Silver, or Gold. Each criteria includes the following measures:

Compulsory – compliance with environmental legislation and a commitment to continuous improvement in environmental performance

Management and Marketing – demonstrating good environmental management, including staff awareness, specialist training, monitoring and record keeping

Social Involvement and Communication of environmental actions to customers through a variety of channels and range of actions eg. Green policy, promotion of environmental efforts on the website, education and community and social projects

Energy - efficiency of lighting, heating and appliance, insulation and renewable energy use

Water - efficiency - e.g. good maintenance, low-consumption appliances, flush offset and rainwater harvesting

Purchasing - environmentally friendly goods and services, e.g. products made from recycled materials, use and promotion of local food and drink, and use of FSC wood products Waste - minimisation by encouraging, the 'eliminate, reduce, reuse, recycle' principle, e.g. glass, paper, card, plastic and metal recycling; supplier take-back agreements; dosing systems; and composting

Transport - aims to minimise visitors car use by promoting local and national public transport service, cycle hire, local walking and cycling option, and use of alternative fuels

Natural and Cultural Heritage - on site measures aimed at increasing biodiversity, e.g. wildlife gardening, growing native species, nesting boxes, as well as providing information for visitors on the wildlife on and around the site

Innovation - any good and best practice actions to increase a business’s sustainability that are not covered elsewhere

What is the David Bellamy Award Scheme?

Parks are awarded either a Gold, Silver or Bronze Award based on their performance in the three main areas of environmental activity: ecological management, sustainability and good neighbourliness.

Ecological Management

One of the key things that the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme assessors are asked to do is to look at how parks manage environmental issues. This is important because, getting the management of the issues right can actually help a park to:

  • Streamline its approach.
  • Get the job done more effectively.
  • Reap the maximum benefits.

Working with Wildlife

With the British countryside under ever increasing pressure and with many species declining in number, it is becoming more vital than ever for parks to manage its green space to help wildlife. The overall goal of work is:

To create a park that gives guests an environmentally rich and beautiful place to enjoy and explore.

To create an oasis for wildlife that is home to as wide a variety, and as large a number, of plants and animals as possible.

Good Neighbours

Every park can be a ‘good neighbour’ to its local community by: supporting local people, schools and other institutions; championing local traditions and innovations; helping to keep the countryside economy vibrant, and; supporting local conservation projects and other charities.


Sustainability is today’s buzzword, but what does it mean? Put simply it means reducing our park’s environmental impact (or ‘footprint’) by using less energy, water and other resources, producing less waste and buying products and services that are less environmentally destructive. The exciting thing is that this creates many opportunities for reducing utility bills and improving our standing with our customers and our local community.