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Shepherd Neame brewery has been recognised with a silver award in the Green Tourism Business Scheme.
Awards are granted to businesses that are actively engaged in reducing the negative environmental and social impacts of their tourism operations.
Shepherd Neame was commended for its commitment and management of sustainable practices throughout the brewery. Highlights included the provision of excellent green information for visitors and a strong emphasis on local products and purchasing.
The brewery was also praised for its excellent heritage interpretation during the restoration of the Visitor Centre, and applauded for strong ties with the community and commitment to local events.
Businesses are assessed according to a range of criteria including compliance with environmental legislation, management and marketing and social involvement and communication. Auditors also consider energy efficiency, waste minimisation and the purchasing of environmentally friendly goods and services.
Shepherd Neame Visitor Centre manager Graham Hukins said: “We are very pleased to have received this award, which recognises the sustainable practices we have in place for the benefit of the environment, the local community, visitors and the company. It fits in other local initiatives such as the Faversham Walks and Food and Drink Trails that Shepherd Neame supports.”
The Green Tourism Business Scheme is a sustainable tourism certification scheme for the UK, validated by Visit Britain.
Brewery tours run most days. For more information visit the brewrey pages, call the Visitor Centre on 01795 542016 or email