Bluestone National Park Resort Hits New Green Standard

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Bluestone National Park Resort in Pembrokeshire

An eco-conscious resort in Pembrokeshire has reached a new level in its quest for excellence. Bluestone National Park Resort has just become the only tourism organisation to reach Level 4 of the Green Dragon Environmental Standard.

Green Dragon involves independent audit of everything a company is doing to manage its environmental performance. Putting Bluestone under the microscope was Jake Griffiths, Lead Environmental Auditor with Wales Green Business Centre.

“I am delighted to award Bluestone certification to Level 4 of the Green Dragon Environmental Standard,” said Mr Griffiths. “It’s recognition of a lot of work the company has put in over the last few years.

“Green Dragon is all about identifying, controlling and monitoring environmental impacts an organisation may have, and being committed to continual improvement.

As well as the environmental management procedures in place, other examples of good practice include solar panels on the lodges, promotion of public transport, and a unique on-site biomass energy centre which heats the resort’s Blue Lagoon waterpark. Using locally-sourced biomass, rather than oil, for this purpose saves around 3000 tonnes of carbon dioxide being emitted every year and keeps tens of thousands of pounds a month within the local community.

Located near Narberth in Pembrokeshire’s historic Landsker borderlands, Bluestone is a five-star resort comprising luxury lodge accommodation, a purpose-built village and a wealth of indoor and outdoor activities. As well as Blue Lagoon, facilities include an Adventure Centre, restaurants, a pub, shops and an holistic spa, The Well.

As a national park resort, Bluestone is located within the heart of the Pembrokeshire National Park. The concept consists of luxury timber lodges set around a traditional Welsh village. Guests are encouraged to use Bluestone as a base from which to explore Pembrokeshire, sample its activities and attractions, and absorb its culture, heritage and natural splendour.

Ultimately, the development will comprise 335 timber lodges and 60 cottage/studio units in a woodland environment surrounding a village providing leisure, retail, catering and other support services. Activity facilities will include an all-weather waterpark, snow centre and sports club.

The first phase, comprising 178 lodges, the water park, sports centre, spa, and the main village area, opened in summer 2008. Sixty new lodges are being added over the course of 2011.

Principles of sustainability are central to the Bluestone ethos, and are evident in every aspect of the design and operating plan: from heating the waterpark and Adventure Centre with biomass crops grown by local farmers; to employing a strict environmental management system, to enhancing wildlife habitats via an extensive planting scheme.

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