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Green Tourism

Compton Pool is surrounded by the countryside of South Devon which plays host to a variety of flora and fauna. We are dedicated to protecting our beautiful 14-acre grounds for our guests to enjoy. It is also important to us that our business is respectful to the planet as a whole.

The Green Tourism Business Scheme

We are proud to have become the first 5 star property in Devon to receive a Green Tourism Gold Award in December 2006. We are constantly trying to become a more eco-friendly location by encouraging recycling, energy conservation and asking our guests to get involved in our green initiatives.

The Green Tourism Business Scheme was originally established in Scotland and is established to promote good environmental practice in Tourism throughout Europe. It covers issues such as business efficiency, waste management, transport and social responsibility.

Members of the scheme are assessed every 2 years and dependant on the standards achieved, receive a bronze, silver or gold award. Tourism businesses participating are graded against over 120 measures relating to best practice, reflecting a balance of environmental, economic and social issues. The assessment considers energy efficiency, nature conservation, community support and general sustainability issues.

Currently there are over 2000 green tourism business scheme members nationally of which about 20% are in the South West region.

Green tourism businesses must make efforts to reduce their impact on the environment and may not use the environment or nature as a marketing tool.

As a consumer, ultimately it is you that makes the difference by choosing businesses that are committed to you and the environment. In selecting tourism businesses that are members of Green Tourism you can be sure that these businesses care and are acting responsibly in reducing the impact on the environment.

We would also ask that in considering activities and visitor attractions whilst on holiday, that you support other Green Tourism Business Scheme local members wherever possible. We have listed these members within this information pack accordingly. All of these businesses have leaflets which are available in reception.

Green Tourism Visitor Attractions in the area:

Pennywell Farm (Gold Award)

This is a friendly farm near Buckfastleigh on the A38. It provides lots of fun for young families with hands on animal experiences, games and activities. It is perfect for all weather as many of the facilities are indoors. There is a café on site. Allow 2 to 3 hours ideally. We have discount vouchers for this attraction available at the Farmhouse.

Canoe Adventures (Gold Award)

An innovative canoeing experience with canoes for 2 to 11 people on the tidal water of the beautiful River Dart. Launched from Bow Creek at Tuckenhay, the canoes are chaperoned and you will have the opportunity to visit Dartmouth, Dittisham and Stoke Gabriel. Allow a half-day for maximum benefit and enjoy picnicking on this delightful river.

Greenway Quay & Ferry Service (Silver Award)

Boat trips up the River Dart between Dartmouth and Totnes. See one of England's most beautiful Rivers in comfort.

Burgh Island Hotel Restaurant, Bigbury on Sea (Silver Award)

Art Deco hotel in fantastic Island location off Bigbury with Agatha Christie connections.

Rumour Wine Bar & Restaurant, Totnes (Silver Award)

Great atmosphere in this friendly, but busy bar on the High Street. Varied menu, including home made pizzas.

All other members are listed on the website

Dartmoor Miniature Pony Centre (Silver Award)

Perfect for all ages, miniature ponies and lots more, located 2 miles west of Moretonhampstead.