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Coastal tourist attraction wins award

PUBLISHED: 21:59 04 November 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 07 July 2010

A north Norfolk hostel and campsite has scooped a top tourism award.

Deepdale Leisure, which runs Deepdale Backpackers and Camping in Burnham Deepdale, was given the East of England Sustainable Tourism Award on Thursday at the regional Enjoy England Awards for Excellence at Ickworth Hall in Bury St Edmunds, and it will now be put forward as a contender for the national award.

A north Norfolk hostel and campsite has scooped a top tourism award.

Deepdale Leisure, which runs Deepdale Backpackers and Camping in Burnham Deepdale, was given the East of England Sustainable Tourism Award on Thursday at the regional Enjoy England Awards for Excellence at Ickworth Hall in Bury St Edmunds, and it will now be put forward as a contender for the national award.

Sustainable tourism is an industry committed to making a low impact on the environment and local culture while helping to generate income and employment for local people.

Deepdale Backpackers and Camping has strived to do this from its very beginning in 1979 when it started out as a single camping paddock back.

Deepdale has put in place many environmentally friendly schemes to aid in waste reduction, recycling, use of renewable energies, and water consumption reduction.

Solar heating systems reduce the use of fossil fuels while waterless urinals, and low flow taps and showers reduce the amount of water used.

Using local suppliers whenever possible reduces fuel consumption and delivery costs while also increasing the business in the surrounding area. The development of several footpaths around the local farm land has also improved access for residents and tourists.

Deepdale also runs environmental events such as its conservation weekend and taking part in Earth Day.

Managing director Louise Smith said: “We take our responsibilities seriously here at Deepdale and know that we are an integral part of the local community and global community.”

For more information about Deepdale Backpackers and Camping please visit www.deepdalebackpackers.co.uk


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