Posted: April 22nd 2022
by Lauren Cottis
Earlier this year, The Victoria was listed on Visit England’s ‘top eco-friendly places for a green getaway in 2022’. It was a privilege to be included, as our environment is something we’re passionate about. Situated in these surroundings, how could we not be?
Here, Lauren - The Vic’s Housekeeping & Reception Manager - discusses various ways the hotel and restaurant is prioritising sustainability.
We try to be as sustainable and sparing as possible with how we work at the Victoria whilst still maintaining a very high standard.
We have had a Gold Green Tourism award since 2016. As part of this we need to think about where the products we use come from and how impacting they are for the environment. We therefore source all our food as locally as possible, getting most of our produce from the Estate itself.
We also considered the toiletries in our rooms that hotel guests use which are made by Natural Norfolk Living who are based in Holt. They aim to make products that don’t harm the water system.
The Green Tourism scheme also encourages businesses to engage customers in how we make their time with us as low impacting as possible whether that is traveling by bus once here or reusing our towels where possible. We do also have a recycle section to the bins in the rooms to encourage guests to recycle their own waste when with us.
We use a company called Refood who produce green energy through anaerobic digestion. This closes our food circle and means we produce very little waste.
Behind the scenes we try to be as paperless as possible but use recycled paper when this is not possible. We have also started using glass bottles behind the bar reducing our plastic use down massively.
We are still finding new ways of reducing, reusing and recycling but feel the impact we are having on the local environment is very encouraging and can only get better.