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Ness scoops green tourism award

Ness Botanic Gardens has won the Sustainable Tourism Award 2013 at the annual Marketing Cheshire awards, which recognises the exceptional work delivered by the businesses and professionals who work in the local tourism and hospitality industry.

Announced at an awards ceremony at Tatton Park attended by over 350 guests, the award celebrates excellent sustainable practice at Ness, particularly the continuous improvements made in striving to reduce their carbon footprint.

They were applauded for the installation of over 200 solar panels demonstrating their commitment to green energy and also recognised for their lead role in setting up the CH64 transport group, which has successfully campaigned for the retention of vital local bus services within the community in the face of local government funding cuts.

Kevin Reid, Director, said: "We are delighted to receive the award and see it as an important acknowledgement of our ongoing focus on sustainable practice. Maintaining bus service access to Ness from Liverpool City centre has been an important development for us as it ensures that staff, students and other visitors can continue to enjoy the gardens."

Ness will now go forward to the next stage which is the nominations for the Visit England national finals.

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For more information or images please contact Jen Lemon on 0845 0304063 Ext 242 or e. jenlemon@liv.ac.uk

About Ness Gardens: The Gardens were created in 1898 by Arthur Kilpin Bulley, a wealthy cotton broker from Liverpool. Passionate about plants, he funded various plant hunting expeditions to the Far East.  He established the renowned Bees Seeds company, introducing many new plants still grown across the UK today. The Gardens were donated to the University of Liverpool in 1948 by Bulley's daughter who developed Ness as a Botanic Gardens focusing on scientific collections, research, education and ornamental displays.  Today the Gardens attract over 60,000 visitors a year, contain award winning gardens and hold internationally important collection of plants.

Marketing Cheshire: Marketing Cheshire is the place marketing and destination management organisation for Cheshire and Warrington.  We work close with our partners to ensure that Cheshire and Warrington is the place to visit, live, invest, meet and study.

Full list of winners:

Bed & Breakfast/Guest Accommodation of the Year: Edgar House

Best Social Media Initiative of the Year: Your Carden Summer, Carden Park Hotel, Golf Resort & Spa

Business Tourism Award: Cranage Hall Hotel

Contribution to Cheshire: Phil & Ed Cowap, The Hollies Farm Shop

Large Hotel of the Year: Peckforton Castle Hotel

Large Visitor Attraction of the Year: Chester Zoo

Marketing Initiative of the Year: Cholmondely Pageant of Power, The Source Partnership

Rising Star of the Year: Misha Horder, Senior Spa Therapist, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa

Self-Catering Holiday Provider of the Year: The Hollies Forest Lodges

Small Visitor Attraction of the Year: Cotebrook Shire Horse Centre

Small Hotel of the Year: Oddfellows

Sustainable Tourism: Ness Botanic Gardens

Taste of Cheshire Award: Davenports Tea Room

Team of the Year: The Hollies Farm Shop

Tourism Event of the Year: Live from Jodrell Bank

Tourism Experience of the Year: Deer Walks, Tatton Park

Tourism Pub of the Year: Yew Tree Inn, Bunbury