Small steps to a smaller footprint

Any Winchester District accommodation business interested in taking some small steps towards reducing their carbon footprint should come to a FREE training session that provides up-to-date advice on running their business in a more environmentally friendly and sustainable manner.

The training course, organised by Winchester City Council, in conjunction with the regional tourist board, Tourism South East, takes place on Wednesday 12 March at Greens Wine Bar in Winchester and runs from 11am to 3pm. It has been specifically tailored to the Winchester and District Green Leaf Tourism Scheme, originally developed in the New Forest and introduced into the Winchester District earlier on in the year. The scheme is promoted in the Winchester Visitor Guide, as well as on the tourism website, under the green leaf symbol, so that visitors can easily pick out properties working to minimise their environmental impact.

Based on a self-assessment checklist, the scheme asks those who run hotels, B&Bs and self-catering accommodation to rate their level of commitment to greener ways of doing business. The areas covered include encouraging car free tourism, use of local produce, energy efficiency, recycling and how guests are made aware of a business’s green credentials.

Alison Woods, Winchester City Council’s Tourist Information Centre Manager, said, “Going green makes sound business sense with smaller utility bills and greater appeal to an increasingly discerning consumer, as well as improving the overall visitor experience”.

Winchester City Council’s Portfolio Holder for Environment, Health and Safety, Cllr Frank Pearson, added, “The Green Leaf Tourism scheme fits in with Winchester City Council’s overall Climate Change Plan, which received Cabinet approval last year. As a result of the plan, tackling Climate Change is now at the heart of the City Council’s work. Nonetheless initiatives from others are also crucial to achieving the outcomes that we all wish to attain."

For further information on the training course, or to book your space, contact Linda Messingham at Winchester City Council on 01962 848 311, email or visit Please note that spaces are limited and will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.