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Moors Valley – Two Golds for Moors Valley in Top Tourism Award

moors-valley-rangers-celebrate-two-gold-awards-december-2016Moors Valley Country Park has ‘done the double’ by coming away with two Gold awards in this year’s Dorset Tourism Awards and was awarded Gold in both the ‘Access and Inclusivity’ and ‘Sustainable Tourism’ categories.

The Access and Inclusivity award recognises a business that can demonstrate exceptional customer service to all, particularly those with impairments and other access needs, including mobility, auditory, sensory or dietary.

The Sustainable Tourism award is made to companies that demonstrate commitment to sustainability and implements clear reduce, reuse and recycle initiatives

“To win one award is amazing, but to come away with two is simply fantastic!” said Clare Gronow, Team Leader at the Park. “Over the last few years we have increased our focus on improving access to the Park and across all our activities. At the same time, we have set out to minimise the potential negative impact that such a large operation can have on the environment.”

Jointly managed by East Dorset District Council and the Forestry Commission, sustainability initiatives in the Park include using vegetable oil for vehicles and chain saws, solar panel heating, a biomass boiler, rainwater harvesting and a range of other reduce, reuse and recycle activities. Sustainability is at the heart of how the Forestry Commission manages the forest and harvests the timber. It makes sure all timber is produced responsibly and revenue from harvesting and selling timber locally is re-invested to ensure the forest remains vibrant, open and attractive.

Moors Valley welcomes over 750,000 visitors every year and offers an unrivalled combination of outdoor leisure, wildlife and health activities in a safe environment.