Creativity, an eye for detail and a passion for sustainability and renewable energy have led to a string of recent awards for Stephen Chidgey, from Old Barn Tregonetha, near Padstow.
Not only has he won gold for the second consecutive year in the Self-Catering Property of the Year category of the 2017 Cornwall Tourism Awards (CTA) – having won gold in the South West finals in 2016 - he’s also been presented with a gold level Green Tourism assessment, a top national Church Times Green Award and secured silver in the CTA sustainable tourism category.
The Church Times Green Award, which beat Gloucester Cathedral into second place, was presented at Lambeth Palace in London for Stephen’s visionary solution to cost effectively heating the local school and church in nearby St Wenn.
“Both buildings are independent of each other but aren’t far apart and both needed an affordable and efficient heating system,” said Stephen. “When asked for my advice, I suggested a shared biomass boiler that provides under floor heating. As the school’s main usage is during the week and the church is busiest at weekends, it all works really well.”
The church authorities have been so pleased with Stephen’s practical help and expertise that he has now been appointed sustainability and renewables advisor to the Diocese of Truro.
“It was a pleasure to work on the project and I’m thrilled with all the accolades we’ve been getting,” said Stephen, who has just installed two Tesla electric car charging points at his luxury eco self-catering property Old Barn Tregonetha. “Green energy is going to become an increasingly important part of all our lives and I’m delighted to be doing what I can to get that recognised.”
The Cornwall Tourism Awards took place at The Headland Hotel on 2 November.
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