Green goes gold

A NORTHUMBERLAND wildlife tour operator has picked up a prestigious green award for its commitment to the environment.

Northern Experience Wildlife Tours is the first business of its kind in the country to earn a Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) Gold Award – the highest grading provided through the scheme.

Owner Martin Kitching said: “It’s a great honour to achieve a Gold Award from GTBS, which is the only certification scheme for tourism in the UK to be endorsed by VisitEngland, VisitScotland and VisitWales.

“As well as minimising our impact on the environment as far as possible, we contribute to conservation research, with our offshore trips in search of whales, dolphins and seabirds generating data that has been used in the Marine Conservation Zones project, and our regular safari trips throughout Northumberland contributing records of our land-based wildlife.”