AN ASHINGTON museum has scooped a top award for its green approach.
Woodhorn Museum received the accolade for its sustainability work at the former mining pit in this year’s North East England Tourism Awards.
At the awards ceremony, businesses from across the region were congratulated for the exceptional contribution they make to the regional visitor economy, currently worth £4.2bn annually.
Woodhorn director Keith Merrin said: “I am thrilled that Woodhorn won the Gold Award in the Sustainable Tourism category at the North East England Tourism Awards.
“The award recognises the huge effort staff have put in to reduce Woodhorn’s energy consumption, implement ethical and environmental purchasing policies and encourage wildlife around the site.
“Winning the award means that we will be in the running to go forward to the national VisitEngland Tourism Awards, so we have fingers crossed that we make the shortlist for that.”
Other winners on the night at The Sage, Gateshead, included Tyneside Cinema and the Baltic, which took joint gold in the Large Visitor Attraction category, while Rockliffe Hall won the Business Tourism Award, and Black Smith’s Cottage in Alnwick went home with the Self Catering Provider Award.
Organised by NewcastleGateshead Initiative and delivered in partnership with Northumberland County Council, the awards saw almost 400 members of the local business community come together to celebrate the successes of the past year.
Sarah Stewart, chief executive at destination management and marketing organisation, NewcastleGateshead Initiative, said: “The enthusiasm we’ve seen from businesses for this year’s North East England Tourism Awards has been fantastic.
“The results demonstrate the quality and innovation within the visitor economy from across the whole region and I’d like to congratulate all of the winners on their success.
“The awards have presented an opportunity for the industry to come together and demonstrate the importance and scale of tourism in the north east.”
Woodhorn and the other winners will now have the chance to compete on a national stage against those winners from England’s other regions at the VisitEngland Awards for Excellence in 2013.