The Oak Tree Inn has just won a top national award for its commitment to finding more sustainable ways of working.
The award was recently presented at the prestigious Scottish Bar & Pub Awards. The category was the Sea Change Evolution Award, where the Oak Tree won, despite tough competition from other nominees in Edinburgh, Oban and Lairg.
The judges declared The Oak Tree the category winner, due to innovations such as a new biomass heating system, encouragement of coffee keep-cups for staff and customers, the introduction of cardboard compression equipment and major efforts for recycling.
There was also special recognition from the judges for The Oak Tree’s on-going financial and in-kind support for conservation charity The Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs.
Sandy Fraser, from the family that owns the Oak Tree said ‘We are delighted to have won this award. We now understand that the judges made multiple visits to The Oak Tree and are pleased that they were impressed with what they saw.
We are especially mindful that our business is in Scotland’s first National Park and continue to seek ways to improve further our green credentials. This award has spurred us on to work even harder with these efforts.
As recognised by the judges we are energetic supporters of the Friends of Loch Lomond & The Trossachs and are pleased to have just made a financial contribution towards red squirrel conservation in the National Park. This was inspired by our Loch Lomond roasted coffee company that features a red squirrel as its emblem’.