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Zoo celebrates national Gold award for green tourism

7th January 2014

Categories: News

 

Press Release

 

6/01/2014

Zoo celebrates national Gold award for green tourism

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is recognised for green innovation and commitment to sustainable practise

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm in Wraxall, Bristol is celebrating achieving an important award from the nationally recognised Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) this month.

The popular 100 acre family park has been given ‘Gold’ in recognition of its green innovation and environmentally sustainable efforts, the only zoo in the south west of England to achieve the highly prized accreditation. 

A member of the GTBS since 2009, Noah’s Ark has invested significantly in renewable energy and waste management systems to further advance the zoos sustainable operation.

It now joins only 3 other UK zoos in achieving the Gold badge.

The zoo was awarded Silver after its first assessment under the Scheme in 2009, a strong start which recognised the local conservation and recycling work it already undertook.

The most recent grading at the end of 2013 considered the significant new developments at the zoo farm, particularly the new 20 acre Elephant Eden facility which forms a new section of the zoo and is run by solar power, biomass heating and recycled water.

At 20 acres (8 hectares), Elephant Eden will offer significantly more space to roam for elephants in the UK, giving them the freedom to walk several kilometres a day. It becomes one of the greenest zoo exhibits in Europe and is awaiting the arrival of its first elephants.

The elephant project at Noah’s Ark has cost over £2 million, assisted by DEFRA grant funding.

 

GTBS assessors were impressed with the considerable financial investment in innovative green projects at Noah’s Ark and their operation which enables the park to effectively recycle significant quantities of waste and future-proof their energy supplies with the integration of renewable wind, solar and heat power.

The Grading Report also praised the zoo for its public communication of green issues and projects to visitors, with much work having been done since the last audit to provide useful displays and posters explaining the importance of green tourism and sustainable practise to families and schools.

The GTBS commented in their Report:

“Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm does extremely well to move up to the prestigious Gold award, which reflects the strong commitment of the owners and staff to sustainable business practises.”

Anthony Bush, Owner of Noah’s Ark was delighted with news and added:

“As a team we’ve been working hard to develop Noah’s Ark in an environmentally and socially sustainable way, considering local wildlife and the communities in our area. I have a commitment to create a park which can be responsibly enjoyed by future generations, not just this one, so we value our membership to the excellent Green Tourism Business Scheme and are thrilled to achieve Gold”.

Noah’s Ark recognises the need for environmental education and the value of explaining energy conservation and waste management techniques used at the zoo to its visitors, who often find these topics of interest during their day out.

The park has committed to further green improvements across the park this year, with a focus on more recycling, including food waste from the increasingly busy Cafe as visitor numbers continue to rise.

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm is open Saturdays only in January, from 10:30am – 4pm. The zoo opens fully from Monday – Saturday from 1st February, 10:30am – 5pm.

For more information about the zoo, animals and opening times please visit http://www.noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk/

ENDS

Images courtesy of and distributed by Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm

Contact:

Jon Woodward (Communications Manager) on 01275 866904

jon.woodward@noahsarkzoofarm.co.uk

Noah’s Ark Zoo Farm, Clevedon Road, Wraxall, Bristol, BS48 1PG

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