Ribble Valley business Clough Bottom Farm has been shortlisted in the sustainable tourism category in VisitEngland’s Enjoy England Awards for Excellence 2011.
The organic beef farm, which is also the base for three other successful offshoots, comprising a corporate management training centre, award-winning holiday cottages and a thriving trees and shrubs nursery, beat fierce competition from other businesses to be crowned the regional winner.
It will now compete in the national awards, against three other finalists in the sustainable tourism category from Northumberland, Cornwall and London.
These prestigious awards, currently in the 22nd year, celebrate the very best the country has to offer.
Jeremy Brinkworth, head of business development at VisitEngland and member of the judging panel commented: “It has been truly inspiring to be reminded of the wonderful events, institutions, accommodation and people who have been working within England’s tourism industry.
“We have been impressed with the level of dedication shown by each of the businesses to their guests as well as their local environment.
“This year’s finalists have raised the bar and it is fantastic to be able to reward this commitment.”
Harry and Jane Backhouse own the family-run business and ensure Clough Bottom Farm is run in harmony with their sustainable and eco-friendly beliefs.
The awards ceremony will take place on Friday, April 15th, at The Great Hall at Birmingham University.