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YHA Iconic Welsh Youth Hostels gain international recognition for environmental excellence
    16/05/2016 11:40

Iconic Welsh Youth Hostels gain international recognition for environmental excellence

Iconic Welsh Youth Hostels gain international recognition  for environmental excellence

YHA sites YHA Idwal and YHA Port Eynon may be at opposite ends of the country but they have raised the bar for accommodation all over Wales by gaining international environmental accreditation.

Based in North Wales, nestled beneath the Glyder mountains with views of the Nant Ffrancon Valley, YHA Idwal is YHA’s oldest location in Wales. Having become one of the first Youth Hostels in Wales to achieve Green Key status, the former quarry manager’s residence is a wonderful site from which to base your adventures.

South Gower’s former lifeboat station YHA Port Eynon faces the stunning award winning Blue Flag beach, giving you stunning views of the Gower peninsula.

Andy Rimmer from YHA, says: “YHA takes its interaction with the environment seriously and are extremely pleased to be recognised for this award that fits in with the YHA Green Spirit Plan for achieving environmental improvements over the next three years. This award would not be possible without the dedicated and passionate teams at the hostels.”

Green Key is an international FEE (Federation of Environmental Education) programme run in Wales by the environmental charity Keep Wales Tidy, who also run the prestigious Blue Flag Beach awards. Following a very successful pilot scheme last year, the Green Key scheme is now being offered right across Wales. The programme allows Welsh tourism businesses to celebrate the positive environmental changes they are implementing and market themselves to an audience that is increasingly aware of their environmental responsibilities.

Lesley Jones, Chief Executive for Keep Wales Tidy, said: “The Green Key and Blue Flag awards have environmental excellence at their core. The YHA have done a great deal of work to educate their guests on the importance of environmental sustainability so it is great to see this recognised and applauded with these Green Key awards.”

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