Winners of Shakespeare’s England Global Recycling Day 2022 competition eat out at Glynn Purnell’s The Mount

A family business in Stratford-upon-Avon which runs guided day tours of the Cotswolds has won an eco-competition launched by Shakespeare’s England.

Earlier in the year the regional Destination Management Organisation (DMO) for South Warwickshire ran a competition for its members to mark Global Recycling Day inviting them to share recycling initiatives.

Founders of Go Cotswolds Lisa and Tom Benjamin were announced as winners and treated to their prize – an evening meal at The Mount in Henley-in-Arden, run by Birmingham-based Michelin-star chef Glynn Purnell.

Lisa and Tom were excited to visit the newly opened gastropub for the first time.

Tom said: “As busy working parents running our own business, we don’t get much time to go out as a couple, so it was wonderful to get a babysitter and enjoy a wonderful meal at The Mount, just the two of us.”

Lisa added: “The staff were fantastic and really looked after us. The pub is beautiful inside and out, and the food was amazing. I had pork with smoked mash and it was divine!”

Go Cotswolds won a Global recycling day competition

Go Cotswolds’ winning entry was a new, professionally designed and printed keepsake booklet for their Cotswolds in a Day tour, with maps, high-quality photographs and tour information printed on recycled paper. The new booklet uses less paper than their previous hand-drawn maps, and a more efficient printing process.

Lisa said: “As well as being handy during the tour, they are also a souvenir and therefore much less likely – we hope! – to be thrown away by customers after the tour.

“If customers do not want to keep their booklets, we will try to reuse them where possible, and recycle them where not.

“We were very fortunate to be able to produce these thanks to Luddington-based graphic design company Design Penguin and an Adapt and Diversify Covid-19 Recovery and Investment grant from Warwickshire County Council. Hopefully one day we will be in a position to create interactive digital maps and remove the need for paper versions completely, but as a small business we are doing what we can with the resources we have.”

The competition was launched as part of a bigger strategy unveiled by the not-for-profit tourism organisation in March to help South Warwickshire and the surrounding areas become a Green Tourism Destination.

Helen Peters, Chief Executive of Shakespeare’s England, said: “We loved Go Cotswolds’ competition entry, which perfectly fit the brief for Global Recycling Day and are thrilled Lisa and Tom enjoyed their dinner at one of Warwickshire’s hottest new dining spots.”

Photos: Richard Nelmes, Advent Communications

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