Cornish farms rewarded for tourism
We've always known it, but now it's official - Cornish farms
are among the leading lights of the Cornish tourism industry.
Last week's prestigious 2003 Cornwall Tourism Awards saw farm
enterprises winning two of the top awards, with many more
listed as runners up or highly commended.
The awards scheme was introduced last year by the Cornish
Tourist Board in a bid to recognise excellence and reward
quality and customer service in Cornish tourist businesses
of all sizes. This year, the winners were selected from more
than 200 entries in 15 different categories.
The award winning farm enterprises are members of Objective
One project Cartwheel, the South West's leading farm and rural
holiday company, with the two big winners being Trevornick
Holiday Park at Crantock near Newquay, which won the Holiday/Caravan
Park of the Year category, and Shires Family Adventure Park
near Wadebridge, which won the Visitor Attraction of the Year
category. They collected their awards from radio and TV host
Noel Edmonds at Cornwall's own 'tourism Oscars' in Falmouth
According to Gina Woodcraft, Chief Executive of Cartwheel,
the awards reflect the growing demand among visitors for holidays,
breaks and days out that offer a genuine countryside experience.
"We're thrilled to see so many Cartwheel members recognised
by the Cornwall Tourism Awards," says Gina Woodcraft.
"The decision for farmers to diversify is often a difficult
one, but accolades like this show the sector has responded
to opportunity and helped create a real demand for rural tourism.
We're particularly pleased to have won two of the top three
places in the Green Tourism Initiative category, which is
new this year, as green tourism and sustainability is integral
to Cartwheel's offering. Overall we hope these awards encourage
our members' commitment to excellence, and inspire others
to do likewise."
Cartwheel's membership criteria encompasses all aspects of
the 'rural experience' including quality of accommodation
and surroundings; sourcing and serving local food; sustainable
and wildlife friendly land management as well as green tourism
practices such as recycling facilities and information on
public transport, cycling and walking routes.
Cartwheel members honoured in
the 2003 Cornwall Tourism Awards include:
Visitor Attraction of the Year
Winner: Shires Family Adventure Park, Trelow, Wadebridge
Runner up: Dairyland, Summercourt, Newquay
Holiday / Caravan Park of the
Winner: Trevornick Holiday Park, Crantock, Newquay
Green Tourism Initiative of the
Year (new category)
Runner up: Pollaughan Farm, Portscatho
Highly Commended: Bosinver Farm Cottages, St Mewan
Guesthouse / B&B of the Year
Runner up: Trerosewill Farm, Paradise, Boscastle
Highly commended: Trerosewill Farm, Paradise, Boscastle
For more information about the award winners, or any other
Cartwheel members, visit www.cartwheelholidays.co.uk
or phone Cartwheel direct on 01392 877842.
For more press information please contact:
Gina Woodcraft or Debbie Bristow at the Cartwheel office
Telephone: 01392 877842
Mobile: 07885 951931
Cartwheel is the South West of England's leading
farm and rural holiday company, offering visitors the chance
to enjoy a unique countryside experience. It is a private
sector limited company run by farmers and part funded by the
European Union, EAGGF and DEFRA.
All Cartwheel members are independently inspected
according to the company's quality criteria which encompasses
accommodation, local food, green tourism and sustainable land
Cartwheel administers the Objective One funded
Rural Tourism Marketing Grants scheme for Cornwall and the
Isles of Scilly. The scheme can award 50% grants to fund projects
with a total value of up to £100,000. Projects with
a total value of less than £3,000 can be dealt with
through the 'fast track' process, providing a response within
two weeks. Larger grant applications take between four and
six weeks to process.
Objective One Partnership Office
Truro TR1 2UD
Tel: 01872 241379
Fax: 01872 241388