Leeway’s green bid for White Rose scheme

Garry and Karen Walker
Garry and Karen Walker

The Leeway Guest house in Whitby has made the short list for the prestigious White Rose Award for the second consecutive year.

The guest house is the only business to be nominated in Whitby and has been nominated under the Sustainable Tourism category.

The White Rose awards are organised by Welcome to Yorkshire and are considered to be the tourism Oscars.

Owners Garry and Karen Walker are hoping to clinch the title.

Garry said: “We are over the moon to be nominated this year. It is wonderful, the thing that probably sets us apart from other businesses is that we are committed to supporting green issues.

“We advertise our green policy on our website and we abide by the recycling process.

“Some guests have said they come and stay with us because we are green.”

To comply for a sustainable tourism nomination and award the business has to demonstrate their sustainable excellence in certain categories including energy and water management and supporting the local economy and community.

Karen said: “We use local suppliers and support local events, for example we supported West Cliff School’s walking to school scheme and provided them with vests and helmets.

“We try to be self sufficient –we produce our own vegetables and compost and bake our own cakes.

“We provide guests with a free copy of the Whitby Gazette and ask them to make a donation to the RNLI collection tin.

“We named all the bedrooms by the names of famous people associated to Whitby, for example, Scoresby and Cook.

“We also created a circular walk route for guests to do during their stay. We donated all our old furniture to Moor View in Robin Hood’s Bay – we buy all our furniture locally.”

“Last year we were rated 98.3% but unfortunately we didn’t win the award.”

Winners of the award will receive the title for the year and a trophy. The glittering award ceremony is a black tie occasion and will be held at Doncaster Racecourse on Monday 10 October.