Suffolk’s Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa is proud to announce it has attained the prestigious Green Tourism Gold Award, recognising the hotel’s exceptional commitment to environmental sustainability and responsible tourism practices. This esteemed accolade, bestowed by Green Tourism, underscores Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa’s dedication to fostering a greener, more sustainable future within the hospitality industry.

The Green Tourism awards recognises the commitment of tourism business which are working towards becoming more sustainable. They are acknowledged worldwide as an indicator of good environmentally-friendly practice. They act as both a hallmark of ‘green quality’ and a way for businesses to progress on the green journey.

Examples of sustainability practises

  • The Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa Purchasing Team prioritises sourcing from local suppliers, producers, and manufacturers whenever feasible to reduce carbon emissions and support the local economy.
  • To minimise printing, Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa have expanded the use of QR codes for convenient access to guest information.
  • Maintaining three acres of meticulously landscaped gardens, the head gardener implements sustainable practices. Used coffee granules from the hotel are recycled as fertiliser, conserving resources and enriching the soil. Rainfall is harvested and stored in water butts for use during dry periods. The thoughtfully designed gardens not only enhance the landscape but also serve as habitats for diverse wildlife. Strategically placed bird and bat boxes encourage the nesting of protected species, contributing to biodiversity conservation efforts.

Noel Byrne, CEO of Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa states; Our primary focus at Beford Lodge Hotel & Spa remains ‘to deliver exceptional service to our guests’, but our team is equally committed to environmental stewardship. This prestigious award solidifies Bedford Lodge Hotel & Spa’s position as a leader in environmentally conscious hospitality and we’re delighted to be recognised for our commitment to sustainability and our ongoing efforts to becoming more green. We’re working with Green Tourism to continue on our journey towards environmental excellence.”

Green Tourism promotes greener ways for businesses and organisations to operate. Their technical experts offer practical advice and support on reducing energy use, saving water, efficient and eco-friendly waste disposal, ethical buying, staying local and seasonal, minimising food miles, promoting biodiversity, and adopting a smart, sustainable outlook from top to bottom.