In 2012, the Green Tourism Business Scheme assessed the top two-percent of their Gold-Award businesses, to form a shortlist for the coveted 'Goldstar' award. To be in the running for this was amazing for us - to be counted amongst the most environmentally-aware tourism businesses in the whole of Britain, by the people who created the yardstick, was just fantastic. We didn't win, but frankly we were truly humbled at the way in which some businesses are taking seriously their responsibility to put back, rather than take away from, the environment. We have much more we could do - but we were delighted to make the (very short!) shortlist.