Autumn bug hotel competition winners

This summer mission : net zero launched its inaugural Hotel Bug Competition and we’re delighted to announce two very worthy winners!

Bug Hotels are a great way for the hospitality sector to support and encourage biodiversity across their sites and we’re pleased to see so many of our hotel clients enter our inaugural competition.

What is biodiversity? It’s the collective term for the variety of life on Earth in all its forms and is responsible for our food, our water, our weather, even the air we breathe.

Graham Flisher, Senior Account Manager at Urban Planters judged the entries and commented:

“It’s been a great honour judging these wonderful bug hotels; the effort used by everyone is clear to see! They all look great and best of all, they will all assist the local biodiversity by offering homes to multiple species of insects.”

The winning entry

Congratulations to this year’s winner: Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa

Last Drop Village Hotel & Spa Bug Hotel

Judge comment: The location seems away from people so less chance of being disturbed. It’s suitable for many types of bugs, uses multiple materials for a second use so ticking a huge sustainability box, the foraging completed to gather natural products is great to see, very clever and the bonus was getting people out in nature to collect them, finally the size is another winning point.

And runner-up…

Courtyard by Marriott London City Airport

Court Yard by Marriot Leeds

Judge comment: The location again in the bushes  and grass is a great idea again to avoid them being disturbed, the effort and character of them I think is a great idea, shows people were invested in helping biodiversity but will also intrigue others when they see them to hopefully consider doing something themselves when they get home.

Chief Operations Officer of mission : net zero, Jane Kendrick commented “It’s been fantastic seeing our hotels’ bug hotel creations; all with their own unique sustainability element. Their biodiversity efforts will support and encourage bugs and insects from their local outdoor areas, giving them a safe space to thrive – it’s great to see.”

Give us a follow on Linkedin to see photos of the other competition entrants – all of whom are championing biodiversity as part of their Green Journey and respective eco-accreditations.

At this years Independent Hotel Show, we are sharing our insights and knowledge with delegates on how they can improve their hotels’ ESG journey. ​ Specifically, we are discussing biodiversity loss and what hotels can do to protect biodiversity in and around their establishments, alongside Urban Planters and Knight’s Beekeeping. Look out for our section in the ESG Hub called Birds, Bees, Bats, Bugs and Blooms. You can take a look at our IHS resources page here

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