Little Gwendreath is extremely proud to have won Gold in the Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable category at The Cornwall Tourism Awards which celebrated excellence across the industry. The owners, Steve and Sarah, found out the result from Robin Barker during the online ceremony which was held online on 3rd February 2022. They were "absolutely overwhelmed" and "blown away" and thanked the organisers, judges, sponsors, family, friends, Tevi, Unlocking Potential, the CIOS Skills Hub and Jennie at Green Works. They urged everyone on the call to sign up to Tourism Declares a Climate Emergency and the Glasgow Declaration. The win comes off the back of success at the Cornwall Sustainability Awards where the husband and wife team came runner-up in the Carbon Neutral category.
BBC Radio Cornwall wanted to chat to us following our success at the Awards - and we recorded it for you, listen here!
Little Gwendreath Holiday Cottages is a collection of four, two-bedroom cottages based on Cornwall's beautiful Lizard Peninsula only a short walk from the beach at Kennack Sands. The cottages are quiet, cosy and offer authentic Cornish holidays with nature at the heart. They are passionate about reducing their footprint and inspiring their guests to minimise the impact of their stay.
During the ceremony Vicky Garner from South West Water was struck by their ethos of trying to show that ‘going green’ does not mean compromise and guests can rest assured that just by staying at Little Gwendreath, they are helping protect the environment they are here to enjoy.
The couple acknowledged that declaring a climate emergency can seem daunting and that it is important to break down the challenge faced and referred to the quote below:
"I like to envision the whole world as a jigsaw puzzle... If you look at the whole picture, it is overwhelming and terrifying, but if you work on your little part of the jigsaw and know that people all over the world are working on their little bits, that's what will give you hope." - Dr Jane Goodall DBE