Gold Award for Dunnottar Castle

Castle custodian Wendy Sylvester with Scott Graham. 'Andy McAllan
Castle custodian Wendy Sylvester with Scott Graham. 'Andy McAllan

STAFF at Dunnottar Castle have been celebrating the recent news that they have received a Gold Award in the Green Tourism Awards.

The accolade is unusual for a business receiving its first grading, but assessors were impressed with the efforts that staff at the Castle have gone to to become more environmentally friendly.

The Green Tourism Scheme is Nationally recognised and businesses are awarded Bronze, Silver or Gold based on the supporting evidence of the Green Tourism folder they put together.

The Award scheme is the largest sustainable scheme in the world and takes into account the needs of the environment, visitors, culture, local residents and businesses for present and future generations. It represents practical actions those at Dunnottar Castle could take to minimise the impact upon the environment and things they could do to support sustainable practices.

Some of the projects undertaken which contributed to the success included the 3 bay composter, built with help from local teams in Stonehaven and an initiative which has seen staff creating their own homemade organic cleaning products.

Castle custodian Wendy Sylvester said: “It is very unusual for someone who is waiting for their first rating to be awarded gold, so we had been hoping for a silver. When we found out we had been given gold we couldn’t believe it, it’s incredible.

“We are quite an environmentally positive environment up at the castle, and everything we do is for the benefit of the castle.

“We are all absolutely delighted as a team as it is recognition for the hard work we continue to do at Dunnottar to protect and preserve the Castle for future generations to enjoy. The Award is just the tip of the iceberg as we have many more exciting projects in the pipeline!