Going on holiday the green way

Two youngsters who take their eco-friendly habits on holiday with them have won awards through a scheme to encourage sustainable tourism.

Co-operative Travel invited pupils at local schools to keep summer holiday scrapbooks charting what they did and how environmentally sustainable it was.

Local winners were Eleanor Ground, 10, from Mundesley Junior School, and nine-year-old Rory Porter-Davies from Antingham and Southrepps Primary.

Eleanor's scrapbook showed a holiday on the Greek island of Zakynthos. Although the family, who live in an eco-friendly house at Gimingham, flew, they did not take suitcases, to lighten the load.

The stayed in an eco-village where they bought food from the local shop, ate cheese from local goats milk, bought presents from markets, and learned about the environment from a guide who gave them a tour of the island including protected sites and a new turtle rehabilitation unit.

Rory stayed in the UK for his holiday at Newquay in Cornwall where he went rock pooling, surfing, and went on walks to save pollution. His scrapbook also showed that home he is environmentally conscious - recycling rubbish, conserving water, growing vegetables in the garden, and buying local produce.

The two youngsters were given certificates and �15 worth of music and book vouchers by Co-operative Travel, whose Cromer joint branch managers Samantha Antoniades-Cork and Jo Dobbie said they wanted to find a way to educate young people about the impact their holidays had on the environment.

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