MANY small businesses in the Yorkshire Dales have a "green" conscience - and some like to do more environmentally friendly work, according to the preliminary results of a survey carried out by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority.
More than 1,000 questionnaires were sent out to businesses connected with the tourism trade to find out what they were doing to reduce their impact on the environment.
Sustainable Tourism Officer Kathryn Storey reports: "I would like to say a big thank you to everyone who took part in the survey. We had an excellent response from a wide range of different types of businesses throughout the National Park and the preliminary results are very encouraging.
"Many of the businesses have already taken steps to introduce environmentally-friendly measures like reducing energy consumption and recycling. Others have only recently put schemes in place so it is too early for them to asses how effective the measures are.
"The survey also shows many of the businesses are keen to do more and realise it is a way of reducing their overheads while helping the environment."
All businesses that took part in the survey were entered into a special draw with a first prize of a picnic hamper of local produce supplied by Booths supermarket. The winner was Dr Philip Cartwright, landlord of the George and Dragon in Dent.