Eco-Centre Green Flags are highly coveted awards and this one is the culmination of nearly two years hard work by the Centre staff and its visitors.
The Centre was already undertaking a considerable amount of environmental management including waste and litter recycling, water monitoring and educational environmental awareness campaigns and regular energy audits however; there were many new improvements to be made to achieve their new eco-status.
This included promoting the use of re-useable bags, green transport, recyclable products, Fair Trade and local products. Information Centre staff are also on hand to provide “greener alternatives” advice and leaflets on accommodation, travel and recreational activities.
Ruth Nicholson, Visitors Services Manager for Brecon Beacons National Park Authority said: “All of the National Park Visitor Centres have now achieved Eco-Centre status. This is a great morale boost for all our staff and visitors who’ve been working hard behind the scenes to secure the flags.
“We are currently investigating the possibility of hosting a recycling centre for local residents to use and next year, we aim to work on renewable energy and insulation projects, which will make our visitors and staff even greener.”