THE Harbourmaster’s House in Dysart has been given an award for its work as an exceptional sustainable tourism business.
It has been given a gold rating by The Green Tourism Business Scheme (GTBS) for it’s dedication to green and environmentally-friendly business practices.
The building is one of only seven in Fife to hold this accolade.
As well as a bistro and shop, the house is also the headquarters of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust which was congratulated by keen supporter, Gordon Brown MP.
Speaking at the house - which he officially opened after a major refurbishment in 2006 - Mr Brown said he was “delighted” with the award.
“The house has become a very popular tourist attraction,” he said.
“You can see how busy the canteen is, there were visitors from Australia here today, and outside the harbour is very busy too.
“The whole of Dysart has been revived and the key to it has been the refurbishment of the Harbourmaster’s House.”
The house had previously held a silver award from the GTBS but a full review of activities over the last two years lead to the upgrade to gold.
A spokesman for the GTBS board said: “One of the most striking features of the Harbourmaster’s House is that it performs very strongly across the broad range of sustainability issues: from fundraising for and undertaking lots of great local environmental projects and events, to LED lighting and a highly efficient heating system, to sourcing produce locally and ethically.
“These and many more practices are then creatively and effectively communicated to the public resulting in invaluable awareness raising.”
Amanda McFarlane, chief executive of Fife Coast and Countryside Trust, said: “Everyone in the house works hard from the office staff to those in the bistro and we are delighted to receive this wonderful award.
“There’s been a number of different schemes this year that I think helped contribute to us winning it.
“For example, we linked with businesses such as the Fairmont Hotel in St Andrews which asked for a £1 donation to each bill. That added up to a donation of £15,000 to the trust.
“Sky also paid for some of their staff to come and work with us on a voluntary basis. This meant the Trust got 10 weeks worth of free man hours which was a great help.
“The staff are thrilled. It’s great to see all their hard work rewarded.”