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Curator at Jersey Heritage
The Green Tourism Business Scheme!
In 2008 Jersey Heritage through a Gardeners and Hamptonne’s Site Team,
genuine desire to be involved in staff from RBSI helped in clearing the
helping to protect the environment site in preparation for the start of the
in which we live, enrolled in the visitor season. The success of the
Island wide Green Tourism project led to a further 2 days project
Business Accreditation Scheme work being completed in 2009. During
initiated by Jersey Tourism. the 2 days, 10 staff from the bank’s
regulation and risk teams
The Green Tourism Business Scheme is a arrived each day, to install a
nationally recognised sustainable tourism new hurdle fence around the
accreditation scheme for Britain, where vegetable garden, clear the
businesses entering the scheme are Apple Orchard, car park and
assessed by a qualified advisor based on a woodland steps. Besides the
comprehensive criteria, which includes accreditation scheme as fantastic work completed,
energy and water efficiency as well as part of Jersey RBSI also supplied the
waste management (further details at Heritage’s long-term budget with which to obtain strategy for entering all the required tools and
our sites. The visit in equipment.
Following an advisory visit to Hamptonne July 2009 by an official
Country Life Museum by a GTBS assessor resulted in both Hamptonne and Similarly since 2008, La Hougue Bie
representative one of our first initiatives La Hougue Bie receiving favourable reports, Museum has enjoyed 'Green' sponsorship
was for 6 staff members from different which resulted in the Silver Award for both from Ogier’s as part of their Corporate
areas of the organisation to form a Jersey sites. As part of the entry onto the scheme and Social Responsibility programme. The
Heritage Green Team, which met for the and our own strategy a number of Green involvement has taken two forms, financial
first time in November 2008. At this early initiatives were implemented at both sites assistance towards Green initiatives and
stage the priority was to develop a Green over the last year such as recycling and practical 'hands on' help from work
policy that addressed how to reduce the waste management, low-energy lighting, parties. Green initiatives that Ogier’s have
impact of our operations on the green interpretation, and reviews of helped to fund include on site recycling,
environment, while continuing to enhance cleaning and stationary products. low energy lighting, added insulation and
the environmental aspect of our sites and Environmentally both sites already lend water efficiency. Practical help has been
learning opportunities. By the end of 2008 themselves to promoting the natural varied, including the planting of a willow
we had defined our aim as: environment and over the years several copse and repairing the reproduction
ecological and wildlife surveys have been Neolitihic House used by school groups.
‘Jersey Heritage is committed to conducted, which have enabled us to more This dual contribution from Ogier’s has
sustainable development effectively manage and interpret the natural been invaluable in helping La Hougue Bie
together with the reduction of environment at both these and other sites. meet the criteria for the Green Tourism
the impact of our operations on The year saw further recognition for the Business Scheme Accreditation.
the environment.’(Full details of our efforts of both sites with the qualification
policy & strategy are available to view in to Level 2 membership of the States of In conclusion Jersey Heritage continues
the visitor folders at Hamptonne & La Jersey ECO-ACTIVE Business to develop, review and enhance its
Hougue Bie). environmental accreditation scheme. Green strategy, and these partnerships
have proved invaluable to us.
The team then took on the responsibility Early on, Jersey Heritage’s environmental
for reviewing different aspects of the strategy had already led to a partnership at They have helped in our aim to
strategy, such as energy consumption, Hamptonne in 2007, when The Royal Bank continually review our operations
recycling & waste management, cleaning of Scotland International approached us to and seek ways of reducing our
products and stationary, environmental discuss the idea of forming a partnership in impact on the environment, whilst
interpretation and design. The culmination which their staff could participate in continuing to provide beautiful
of the work in 2009 was the Green community projects at our sites. Following settings in which visitors can learn
Tourism Business Scheme grading visit to discussions an outdoor work project at more about the importance of both
Hamptonne Country Life Museum and La Hamptonne Country Life Museum was the Island’s Heritage and
Hougue Bie, who were piloting the national arranged for 2008. Working with Site Environment.
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