The Victoria Inn
In 2016 The Victoria joined Green Tourism, the largest and most established sustainable certification programme in the world, with the aim of achieving an outstanding commitment to reducing their impact on the environment. The inn is successful in its involvement in environmentally friendly practices; from nearly all of our key food products being sourced from either the Holkham Estate itself to the implementation of the biomass heating.
The Victoria was awarded the highest accolade of a Gold Award on its first assessment in March 2017.
To alter, monitor and maintain practices in all areas of the business to be as environmentally and ethically responsible as possible.
Looking after our surroundings:
Promoting public transport, country walks and cycle hire.
Working with the Holkham National Nature Reserve to encourage guests to use a Nature Diary to track all of the wildlife discovered during their stay.
Cautious of noise pollution.
Encouraging responsible dog ownership in the hotel and surrounding grounds.
‘Green’ Heating and Electricity:
The Victoria recently had a biomass boiler installed for both the main hotel and Ancient House. They are fuelled exclusively from estate wood chip: the woodland is certified under the UK Woodland Assurance Standard (UKWAS) and is able to manage its woodland to sustainably support its biomass projects.
All lighting in the Victoria and Ancient House is LED.
Careful monitoring of suppliers.
Many products are fair trade.
Ingredients all come from local suppliers within a 50 mile radius.
Key ingredients come from the Holkham Estate itself such as venison from the deer herd in Holkham park, beef and lamb from the farm and vegetables from the walled garden, thus encouraging low food miles.
Floral arrangements supplied by the volunteers at the walled garden on the estate.
Recycling, Reuse and Reduce:
Bottles, paper, cardboard etc. are recycled appropriately.
Office paper and menu paper is 100% recycled.
Scrap paper is reused for notepads.
Print double sided as much as possible.
Introduction of a battery recycling point.
Green Tourism Plan - Our Aims
Look to function as a nearly paperless office.
Discover alternatives to single portions and to have food waste collected appropriately.
To ensure any design projects use eco-friendly options.
To encourage staff to travel to work in more eco-friendly ways i.e. car sharing or utilising the Cycle To Work Scheme.
The Victoria is proud to be participating in the Green Tourism Award but we need your assistance to continue our green development. If you have any suggestions, observations or feedback specific to environmental issues please inform a member of reception or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
To monitor your own carbon footprint visit the following carbon footprint calculator website.
The Green Tourism Award recognises places to stay and visit that are taking action to support the local area and the wider environment. Green Tourism is the largest sustainable certification programme of its kind to operate globally, assessing hundreds of fantastic places to stay and visit in Britain every year.
For more information visit www.green-tourism.com.