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Trenython Manor resort is on course for gold, silver or bronze when the first ‘Wildlife Friendly’ awards are decided at the 2012 Cornwall Tourism Awards.

This fiercely contested category, introduced to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Cornwall Wildlife Trust, had the highest number of entries for this year’s awards. Resort manager Nick Waddington, who takes a strong personal as well as business interest in all green issues and wildlife related activities, is absolutely delighted to be one of three finalists.

A distinguished and historic country house hotel, Trenython Manor has 24 acres of parkland. Among green initiatives introduced to conserve and promote native flora and fauna are the installation of bird and bat boxes, bee logs and a butterfly garden. Recently the Blue Butterfly seal for a positive attitude towards sustainability was added to the resort’s blossoming awards shelf.

The aim of ‘Wildlife Friendly’ is to highlight how important the natural environment is to Cornwall and to the county’s tourism. To select winners, the judging panel looks at all elements of a business to be excellent with some outstanding. Finalists will feature in the next VisitCornwall guide and go forward to the South West and potentially the VisitEngland awards.

Waddington will be at the awards gala dinner, hosted by TV naturalist Nick Baker on November 8th, to receive the Wildlife Friendly honour for the resort.

He says: “It’s great news for us and these awards highlight the importance for businesses to involve in sustainability and taking care of the privileged environment in which we are fortunate enough to operate. That way the wildlife we enjoy today can also be enjoyed by future generations and be a continuing part of the wonderful holiday appeal of Cornwall.”

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