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Best green businesses win awards

Three businesses have won awards organised by Tourism South East.

The annual Tourism ExSEllence Awards recognise best practice in a range of tourism-related businesses.

The Old Chapel Forge bed and breakfast in Lagness, Chichester, shared the first ever prize for Green Tourism with Ashdown Forest Llama Park.

Old Chapel Forge is a totally sustainable project and uses environmentally-friendly alternatives such as solar water heating, low-energy lighting and grey-water recycling.

The bed and breakfast is also a founder member of the South Downs Green Club and has played a major role in the development of green tourism in the area.

Ashdown Forest Llama Park has won a number of green accolades in recent years, including the Seeda Sustainable Rural Business Award in 2004.

The park is also committed to using and selling locally produced food and drink.

The Grand Hotel in Eastbourne was named Large Hotel Of the Year for the South East region.

The 130-year-old hotel impressed judges with its modern facilities, including a large spa, barbecue and adaptations for disabled guests.

The hotel also has good energy saving and recycling schemes.

TV star Angela Rippon presented the awards.

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