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 one of their respected awards. A Green Tourism Award means that a business works responsibly, ethically and sustainably, contributes to their community, is reducing their impact on the environment and aims to be accessible and inclusive to all visitors and staff. Businesses that meet the required standard receive a bronze, silver or gold award based on their level of achievement.
The Victoria is successful in its involvement in environmentally friendly practises; from nearly all of our key food products being sourced from either the Holkham Estate itself, or the surrounding areas, to the implementation of the biomass heating and the sewage being processed by the estate’s own waste water treatment plant. Local attractions and cycle hire information is promoted and public transport links are posted on our website. The Holkham National Nature Reserve and grounds of Holkham park offer a first-hand experience for visitors to see the varied wildlife. The Victoria offers Fairtrade products in our food and beverage operations.
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.
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.
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.
Green Tourism Plan for 2017 - Our Aims
Reduce Water Wastage:
Researching methods to cut water wastage from drench showers, flushing toilets and baths in rooms, as well as the bar and restaurant functions.
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.