Flower photography vacation in Wales
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As the pioneers of responsible tourism, we've screened this (and every) vacation so that you can travel knowing it will help support the places and people that you visit, and the planet. Read how below.
PlanetWe go to great lengths to keep our impact as low as possible.
All of our photography vacations are essentially small group travel with a maximum of 10–12 guests. However we rarely move around in one group but instead encourage our guests to explore in smaller groups of 2–3 persons or on their own to find their individual angles of view.
We explore the locations by foot as the preferred means of transport. We also encourage our guests to choose public transport (bus, train) for their journey to Llandudno and from Portmeirion wherever possible.
Photography is generally a quiet, contemplative activity and our guests are always careful not to leave traces or intrude in any way on other people’s life and activities.
By basing this vacation in Bodnant Garden and Portmeirion Village, we directly support their conservation work. Both locations feature unique combinations of extensive gardens and architecture in natural surroundings that are being maintained to a very high standard.
Bodnant Garden was established in 1874. Since 1949 the National Trust has been caring for the garden staying true to the vision of its founder Henry Pochin.
National Trust has a mission to reduce use of fossil fuels at its properties and places across the UK to half by 2020. This will cut down on carbon emissions and save an estimated £4million on energy bills to plough back into conservation work.
Bodnant Garden has made great efforts to switch to alternative, renewable energy by for instance installing solar panels and heat pumps. All the money saved by using renewable energy goes back into conservation work. It helps fund garden renovation and architectural projects.
In addition we encourage our guests to travel responsibly and to consider the following general guidelines:
• Respect local customs religion, traditions and personal property boundaries.
• Don’t take photographs of local people and places of religious significance without permission.
• Keep promises! Send copies of photos to local people if this is what you have said you will do.
• Reduce pollution and dispose of litter in designated bins only.
• We discourage buying plastic bottled water. Instead bring a metal or heavy-duty plastic bottle to refill with water from a safe source.
PeopleKnowing that tourism is an important source of income for the areas, our responsible travel policy demonstrates our active commitment to sustainable and responsible tourism. All of our service suppliers are informed of our responsible travel policy which can be found on our website.
We collaborate closely with local businesses and partners who have been carefully selected for their shared respect of our sustainable ethos and environmental values. We use small family-run hotels and local restaurants thereby directly benefitting the local economy.
We always ensure that participants on our vacations get the opportunity to see and purchase local products. Local providers appreciate our ongoing commitment to their livelihoods. When shopping for things such as food and souvenirs we ask our guests to read the labels and buy local products so that money directly benefits the community.
At Portmeirion guests have the opportunity to buy locally made pottery of the well-known Portmeirion Pottery brand and other artisan items.
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