Dixcart Bay Hotel 'sets target for others', scoring Britain's highest for sustainability in 2012
July 31, 2012 Travel News(PRLEAP.COM) DIXCART BAY, the oldest hotel in Sark, has achieved this year's highest scores in Britain from the Sustainable Restaurant Association – and Gold from the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
The hotel has shown "dedication to sustainability and a commitment to running restaurants responsibly", said The SRA, who awarded the Dixcart 88%. And in awarding it 87%, the GTBS added: "Your progress for a first set of assessments is particularly good, and Sark will clearly shortly become a beacon green destination in its own right."
These are the latest in a string of green accolades by Sark Island Hotels, which operates four hotels in Sark – situated 80 miles off the south coast of England.
Its 'Green File' contains over 80 eco initiatives it adheres to. The team talks in food metres, not food miles, because Sark is a car-free island and logistics can be done by tractor, by bicycle or on foot.
Mark Linehan, managing director of the Sustainable Restaurant Association, said: "Dixcart Bay has shown what's possible with dedication and commitment to running restaurants responsibly.
"From their very close attention to sourcing the best local, seasonal and organic produce, through to their establishment of a very effective waste management system, the team at Dixcart deserve enormous praise for their efforts in achieving the highest rating of 2012 – so far. They have set a target for others to aim at."
Dixcart Bay Hotel, which recently re-opened after a period of refurbishment, joins La Moinerie Hotel, Aval du Creux and Hotel Petit Champ in Sark in holding three stars from The SRA.
Sustainable Sark story continues
All the hotels, a pub and a dedicated tourism office within the Sark Island Hotels group have also been praised highly by the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Aval du Creux and La Moinerie Hotel – the No1 TripAdvisor hotel in Sark – both join Dixcart with Gold badges from the GTBS, while Hotel Petit Champ and the Bel Air Inn pub hold silver.
In June, Hotel Petit Champ was also crowned Small Accommodation Provider of 2012 at the Considerate Hotel of the Year Awards who said it was "most inspirational in terms of its green journey, without all the trappings and resources of big business".
Sark Island Hotels' market gardens, which supply all its hotels with fresh seasonal produce on a demand-led basis to reduce waste, was also crowned Considerate Local Green Supplier of the Year 2012.
Hendrik Lessing, green ambassador for Sark Island Hotels – and shortlisted alongside chef Raymond Blanc at the 2012 Foodservice Footprint awards – said: "We are extremely proud of the results we've achieved. The Dixcart scored 88% from the Sustainable Restaurant Association and 87% from the Green Tourism Business Scheme and shows just how far we've come in less than a year.
"We are fully aware of the current environmental issues that are affecting the world at this point in time and are fully committed to reducing our carbon footprint by protecting and sustaining local, national and global environments in whatever way we can."
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Sark Island Hotels' Green File
Sark Island Hotels have implemented over 80 initiatives and continue to look for more ways to improve. Initiatives include:
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