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Sustainable Tourism in Cornwall

Our Strategy for Sustainable Tourism

Global economists forecast continuing international tourism growth, ranging between three and six percent annually, depending on the location. As one of the world's largest and fastest growing industries, this continuous growth will place great stress on remaining biologically diverse habitats and indigenous cultures, which are often used to support mass tourism. Tourists who promote sustainable tourism are sensitive to these dangers and seek to protect tourist destinations, and to protect tourism as an industry. Sustainable tourists can reduce the impact of tourism in many ways, including: informing themselves of the culture, politics, and economy of the communities visited; anticipating and respecting local cultures' expectations and assumptions; contributing to intercultural understanding and tolerance supporting the integrity of local cultures by favouring businesses which conserve cultural heritage and traditional values supporting local economies by purchasing local goods and participating with small, local businesses; and conserving resources by seeking out businesses that are environmentally conscious, and by using the least possible amount of non-renewable resources

At Helsbury Park we recognise that we are incredibly lucky to live in such a beautiful place and that everything we do has an environmental and social cost. As a result we are committed to continuous improvements in environmental and social performance to promote Sustainable Tourism and to keep Helsbury Park and the surrounding area beautiful and thriving for future generations.

We do this by:

  • Increasing the efficiency of energy use, for example by using low energy light bulbs, solar thermal for heating water and a green electricity tariff.

  • Reducing waste by buying goods locally with a minimum of packaging, reusing shopping bags and cardboard boxes, and recycling as much material as possible.

  • Minimising food miles and supporting the local economy by promoting local farm shops.

  • Using environmentally friendly and Fair Trade products.

  • Ensuring that waste and effluent is disposed of in a responsible manner - food waste is composted, effluent processed through a septic tank, soakaway and bio-treatment plant and surface water is handled through these and reed beds.

  • Farm minimally without using harmful chemicals and fertilisers, composting manure for maximum benefit to the soil and minimum risk to the environment.

  • Maximising biodiversity and maintaining varied habitats.

  • Continuous monitoring.

  • Supporting community organisations.

We have joined the Cornwall Sustainable Tourism Project (known as COAST) and we've been a member of the Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) as an indication of our commitment to Sustainable Tourism. GTBS is the most successful environmental accreditation body of tourism related businesses in Europe including accommodation providers, visitor attractions, tour operators and conference facilities. We attained a Gold award for our strategy which we continue to follow.

You can help us in simple ways, please:

  • Recycle your waste and compost uncooked kitchen waste in the bins provided.

  • Switch off appliances, lights and taps when not in use, and report dripping taps.

  • Put sanitary waste, nappies, etc in the bin not down the loo.

  • Use the washing lines in preference to tumble drying.

  • Do not leave doors and windows open when the heating is on.

  • Consider having a day on site or using a bike to reduce car use.

  • Use only our natural cleaning and laundry products.

  • Do not throw away empty shampoo, laundry and cleaning product bottles or the bottles from your complimentary water as they can all be refilled.

2011 Update

We can confirm that we have entered into a Higher Level Stewardship agreement with DEFRA, installed solar thermal water heating systems on 4 of our buildings and also Solar PV on three more!

And here's a summary of our solar thermal performance for 2010

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