Wallops Wood Wins Gold at Green Tourism Awards!

Hot on the heels of our two golds at the Beautiful South Awards in December is another award, this time a Green Tourism UK 5* Gold Award!

Surrounded by the spectacular countryside of the Meon Valley, a green ethos is at the heart of everything we do without compromising accommodation quality.

Achieving this accolade isn’t easy and Wallops Wood have worked hard over the last few years to make the business as sustainable as possible.

Green Tourism Gold Award
Green Tourism Gold Award

Some of our Eco-Friendly Practices

  • Biomass boiler – powered by solar panels on the roofs of the cottages and fed by woodchips from our sustainably managed woodland on the estate. The boiler heats the cottages (via underfloor heating), the swimming pool, jacuzzi and hot tubs.
  • Water is supplied by a private borehole and is UV treated to ensure crystal clear water. This means no chlorination is needed even for the indoor swimming pool. What’s more, the water is kinder to eyes, skin and the environment. And harvested rainwater feeds back to the aquifer supplying the borehole ensuring a sustainable water supply.
  • Recycling – We encourage our guests to recycle and there are large recycling bins in the car park area. We provide Nespresso capsules for the Nespresso coffee machines. Nespresso recycle the used pods in the manufacture of new bicycles and the used coffee grounds for soil fertilisation.
  • Ecover Cleaning Products – We buy these in bulk and we decant them into smaller bottles and containers left by guests.
  • Kitchen brushes and scourers – The maintenance team reuse them for jobs around the site.
  • Bird boxes – we’ve installed bird & owl boxes around the grounds of the cottages to give wild birds more places to nest.
  • Low energy lights – the cottages and offices at Wallops Wood are lit by low energy lights.
  • Electric car recharging – we have just installed an EV charging point for guests who have an electric car.
Two children playing in a field of flowers
Children sitting in a field of flowers

You can read more about our eco friendly practices on our Green Ethos page.

Competition for the Green Tourism Awards was fierce! However, so many businesses are now doing their best to ensure their practices are as sustainable as possible (which is great news!)

Owners Andrew and Katherine Graham said:

“We feel that by addressing a number of environmental matters, the wider benefits can be considerable.”

Wood chips from own woodland for our underfloor heating
Wood chips from own woodland power our biomass boiler

Bee on flower image: Aaron Burden on Unsplash