Oakwood West Holidays wins the first Green South Downs Gold Award, for a demonstrated commitment to being a sustainable travel destination. The award was created in partnership with Green Tourism, an organisation with the sole aim of promoting sustainable travel across the globe.
To win the award Oakwood West Holidays had a detailed appraisal of all of their environmental impacts, including biodiversity enhancement, water conservation, energy use, construction materials, and the products used on site. The owners are all passionate environmentalists who have taken great efforts to create a welcoming environment for nature as well as for holidaying guests. A wildlife meadow, home to a pair of barn owls, often seen in the summer hunting in the tall grass, is a visible success. Other contributing factors to the award were the use of timber milled in the adjacent woodland for the building of the accommodation, homemade charcoal for guests using traditional techniques, planting of native hedgerows, and the planting of native trees to return the woodland (now a PAWS site) to a broadleaved mixed woodland.
On site are four cottages and two glamping experiences. For more details please see our website.
Oakwood West Holidays is a family run business in West Sussex, UK. Set up in 2021 with the conversion of two derelict stables and then later the building of two eco lodges.
The Osiers, Clay Lane, Chichester, PO18 8DJ.