Hampshire is home to some of the most impressive scenery in England - particularly the rambling wilds of the New Forest. It's an ideal destination for those who want to get to grips with the Great Outdoors, whether on foot, on horseback, or getting up close and personal with the wildlife that has settled here. If you're visiting Hampshire and want to stay in a hotel that keeps your carbon footprint down to a minimum then there is a growing number of green hotels in the county. Green hotels are those that have a commitment to ensuring that their business affects the local environment as little as possible. They come in a range of shapes and sizes, with no compromise on quality or service.
Green Hotels in Hampshire
There are many awards that a green hotel can pick up but perhaps the best indicator of an establishment's dedication to the environment is awarded by the Green Business Tourism Awards. These are given to hotels that actively demonstrate environmental responsibility including practices such as minimal energy use, sustainable waste management and even taking into consideration the impact of their business on the local community. Green hotels, such as the Portsmouth Marriott Hotel are independently assessed to ensure they meet strict criteria, before they are allowed to display the award.
Benefiting the Environment
However, green hotels with gardens are going even further. The Audleys Wood hotel was built in the 1800s and has seven acres of beautiful, private gardens. The hotel committed to using these gardens to benefit the environment by doing things such as replacing dead or fallen trees, growing herbs for use in the kitchens, managing the fish stocks in the lakes and even taking an audit of wildlife in the grounds to create records for the future. Tylney Hall has taken a different direction, in sponsoring local community projects and donating prizes to local charity fundraising events.
Green Leisure Facilities
Leisure facilities are another aspect in which green hotels are assessed. The Hampshire Court Hotel - Qhotels has installed an eco-friendly gym in its building, ensuring that its amenities have as little impact on the surrounding environment as possible.
Hampshire's astounding scenery is there for all to enjoy. Booking a room in a Hampshire green hotel helps to ensure that it will remain unchanged for future generations.