Tosside holiday cottages nominated for top environment award

Lower Gill Holidays, from the left, Paul, Lesley, Jeff and Tricia Wilson.
Lower Gill Holidays, from the left, Paul, Lesley, Jeff and Tricia Wilson.

A BUSINESS blessed with a superb environment and deeply committed to preserving and enhancing it has been shortlisted for a leading “green” award.

Lower Gill Holidays is a farm-based business at Tosside with five self-catering holiday cottages sleeping between four and 12, plus a swimming pool and games room. It is run by the Wilson family – parents Jeff and Tricia and their son and daughter-in-law Paul and Lesley – who have been in business since Christmas 1999.

From the very beginning they were committed to running a sustainable business which had a minimal impact on the environment. They joined the Green Tourism Business Scheme in 2009 and granted a Gold Award. In 2011 they got the Gold Award again and now have been shortlisted for a prestigious GTBS GoldStar Award.

Being “green” was always the only option for the Wilsons, but they have also found it good for business, with customers who buy into their ethos keen to book the cottages, and eager to return.

Lower Gill Holidays’ environmental policy is outlined on its website, with key points including:

a biomass boiler (woodchip) which heats whole complex

the Wilsons make their own cleaning products

they sell their our own vegetables, eggs and preserves

low energy lighting solar panels

on-site recycling facilities

centralised tourist information – saving paper.

The shortlist for the GTBS Goldstar Awards 2012 has been compiled from the highest scoring Gold graded businesses from 2011, representing the greenest 2% of the total 2,400 GTBS membership. The award winners will be announced at a ceremony in Edinburgh on Friday May 25th.

Lesley Wilson explained: “People can ‘like’ us on www.facebook.com/greentourismweek – just click on self-catering category and hover over photo of Lower Gill then click on it and like it. You may not be allowed to print it, but it’s worth a try!”

For more about the business and its award-winning green credentials, visit: www.lowergill.co.uk