All the activity providers involved in iTry have been trained or accredited under one of the following schemes:
Green Dragon Standard
Accreditation for environmental management
Wildlife SafE scheme
Tourism plays a key role in shaping the communities, landscape and culture of Snowdonia and North Wales - we want this to continue sustainably into the future. Sustainable tourism addresses social, cultural, economic and environmental issues. To be sustainable, tourism has to be considerate to local communities, enhance and respect culture and local traditions, contribute to local economic prosperity and minimise damage to the environment.
The Green Dragon Environmental Awards Scheme is about supporting businesses to develop environmental management systems and to monitor, review and limit their impact on the environment. All the activity providers proudly demonstrate their commitment to environmental management through their Green Dragon Award.
The WiSe scheme is a Training and Accreditation scheme aimed at operators of passenger pleasure craft, wildlife cruise operators, dive boats and charter yachts who may come into contact with marine wildlife such as whales, dolphins, basking sharks or seals. The training of operators consists of instruction in to how to best view these creatures, whilst at the same time minimising disturbance to them. All WiSe accredited operators will have received instruction into how to handle their craft whilst in contact with any of these animals and how to leave room for the animals to carry on with their lives unimpeded.
Now you know that the businesses involved in giving you some great outdoor adventures are doing so in a way that safeguards the environment, why not think about the rest of your visit and how you can make it more environmentally friendly and sustainable…
Where to stay?
Where you stay has can have a big impact on your holiday’s carbon footprint, so when choosing accommodation consider looking for Green Dragon Accredited business. Search out businesses that cook using local produce, support their local suppliers and make the effort to minimise their impact on the environment. Visit www.snowdonia-active.com for up-to-date outdoor news, activities and accommodation.
How do I get here and travel around?
Consider local transport links. If you’re travelling to larger towns then the train network into Wales is good If you do choose to come by car, think about having at least one day when you leave your car behind. You can forget about driving and focus on the scenery when you use the Snowdon Sherpa bus service. Whether you are staying on the North Wales coast or in the mountains, these services are a passport to a great day out in Snowdonia National Park. For more details go to www.snowdoniagreenkey.co.uk
Think about where you eat out and the souvenirs you might want to take home. Support local businesses by buying locally made, locally sourced souvenirs. Snowdonia has a rich larder of natural ingredients and there are plenty of eateries where you can eat local food and enjoy traditional dishes.
The Country Code
Helping everyone to respect, protect & enjoy our countryside. The Countryside Code started life in the 1950s as the Country Code. This new version was launched in July 2004. The Countryside Code applies to all parts of the countryside. Most of it is just good commonsense, as it’s designed to help us all to respect, protect and enjoy our countryside. There are five sections of The Countryside Code dedicated to helping members of the public respect, protect and enjoy the countryside. Follow the links below for more information.
• Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs
• Leave gates and property as you find them
• Protect plants and animals and take your litter home
• Keep dogs under close control
• Consider other people
For more details visit www.countrysideaccess.gov.uk/things_to_know/countryside_code