The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority encourages businesses to take simple measures to improve the sustainability of their business and reduce costs, without sacrificing guest comfort and satisfaction. Here are some things we are offering to help you go green.
If you need inspiration to improve your business or are interested in what other businesses have achieved, have a look at our ‘Brilliant Businesses’.
Become Cycle Friendly
On the back of the Grand Depart and the Tour de Yorkshire, making your business Cycle Friendly is another way in which you can attract more visitors. For a few helpful tips on things to consider when making your business more attractive to this market, see our Making your Business Cycle Friendly page.
Show your Support for Wildlife Conservation
There are a number of rare species of wildlife that visitors are attracted to come and see for themselves and we are working with local landowners to encourage visitor access to viewing sites. We are currently offering local businesses the opportunity to support wildlife conservation projects and information on how your business could benefit from this.
Ultimately you may want your green credentials and the work you’ve done to become ‘greener’ to be recognised and to become accredited by a certification scheme.
Many ‘green’ business practices are just good basic common sense, as they involve cutting costs and waste. And taking part in an accreditation scheme can provide you with an action plan and be a great management tool!
Worldwide, there are a plethora of green accreditation schemes. However, we have focused on schemes we feel are more focused to the type of tourism businesses we have in the Yorkshire Dales. These are the Green Tourism Business Scheme, TripAdvisor’s GreenLeader Programme and the David Bellamy Conservation Award.
Funding available from the Yorkshire Dales National Park
The Sustainable Development Fund (SDF) is a small fund that is available each year to support projects that promote a more sustainable way of living and working in and visiting the National Park, whilst conserving and enhancing our local culture, wildlife, landscape, land use and communities. Over the years, the fund has supported projects undertaken by a number of our Brilliant Businesses, including Nethergill Farm, Bower Bank, Dales Bike Centre and Kilnsey Park Estate.
If you think you have a project which might fit the criteria have a look through the information on our website or ring Andrea Burden, the Sustainable Development Officer on 01969 652337 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.