Set in a stunning location overlooking a 23-acre Millpond, the Castle is one of the most architecturally diverse in Wales; from the west a Norman fortress, and from the north a splendid Elizabethan mansion.

The site also includes the only restored Tidal Mill in Wales, an 11th century Celtic cross, a Medieval bridge and picnic area all linked by a mile-long circular walk, suitable for buggies and wheelchairs, with magnificent views over the Millpond.

What first attracted you to Green Key?

As part of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority, we strive to reduce our environmental impact on a daily basis and to promote sustainable tourism. The Green Key award provides an opportunity to demonstrate our commitment, and to encourage other attractions locally to consider their sustainability.


Tell us about any changes that you have made to meet the Green Key criteria?

We were already doing a lot to reduce our environmental impact. So although we have not had to make too many adjustments to meet the criteria, we have been reassured that we are making the right choices.


What do you consider to be the benefits of having become Green Key accredited?

Being part of an accredited and recognised eco label – our visitors have the knowledge that we are striving to do our best to be eco-friendly.


How do you incorporate the education element of the award into your business (e.g. literature, websites, displays)?

We display the Green Key award and feature the accreditation logo on our website. We do not have space for additional literature on site. However, a large part of the work we do at Carew revolves around education, including areas such as conservation, biodiversity as well as how history teaches us about sustainability – the Green Key principles feed into this.


What have you found the most challenging aspect of the award?

Some of the criteria are not relevant to our sector and answering those questions and supplying required evidence can be challenging.