About GreenTraveller

Posted by Richard Hammond at 12:38 on Saturday 05 May 2007

GreenTraveller is a guide to eco-friendly hotels, low impact holidays and travelling by train and ferry as an alternative to flying. It is managed by Richard Hammond and Catherine Mack.

Richard Hammond
Richard is a freelance travel writer (principally for the Guardian) and has recently finished co-writing ‘Clean Breaks – 500 New Ways to See the World’, which is published by Rough Guides. He is the travel editor of National Geographic’s Green magazine and writes a monthly column, The Responsible Traveller, for Geographical (the magazine of the Royal Geographical Society).

Richard has also written articles on green travel for BBC Wildlife, BBC Countryfile, Community Care, The Ecologist, Eve Magazine, Geographical, Green Futures, Guardian Unlimited, Harper’s Bizarre,, Livewire, Marie Claire, New Consumer, The Observer, Resurgence, SmartPlanet, Sunday Times Travel magazine, The Times, Timesonline and Wanderlust. He recently contributed to Earthbound: A Rough Guide to the World in Pictures, by Rough Guides.

Richard was the editor of Alastair Sawday’s Green Places to Stay (pub. 2006) and has written several analyst reports for Mintel, including ‘Redefining Ecotourism’, ‘Sustainable Tourism in the Travel Industry’ and ‘Tourism and Poverty Alleviation’. He has been the editor of greenhotelier magazine and wrote the tourism chapter in the Rough Guide to a Better World and the Environment chapter in Lonely Planet Italy. He is an inspector for the WTTC Tourism for Tomorrow Awards, helps judge the Times ‘Green Spaces’ Awards, the Association of Independent Tour Operator’s AITO Responsible Tourism Award and was the Contributing Editor to the Travel Channel’s six part TV series How to Holiday Greener.

Richard was also the editor of the following books:
The Dive Sites of Aruba, Bonaire and Curacao by Jack Jackson (New Holland Publishers, 2000)
National Parks and Other Wild Places of Malaysia with WWF Malaysia (New Holland Publishers, 1998)
National Parks and Other Wild Places of Canada (New Holland Publishers, 1999)
101 Essential Tips Trail Walking by Hugh McManners (Dorling Kindersley, 1998)

Catherine Mack
Catherine is a travel writer who has written for The Guardian, The Observer, The Independent and The Daily Telegraph, and has a regular column, Ethical Traveller (in the travel section ‘Go’), in The Irish Times. She has an Msc in Responsible Tourism Management and has produced several responsible tourism handbooks for The Irish Tourist Board, Failte Ireland, and Visit England in 2009. She is also the author of Ecoescape: Ireland, published 2008. She also writes her own blog at

Based in London, Catherine is Irish and provides lots of insight into green travel options in her home country. As a mother of two young boys, she also writes about family-friendly green holidays. Catherine’s most recent trips have included hiking in the Mercantour National Park, France (with the help of a donkey), learning how to press olives in Crete, sleeping in a tipi on an organic farm in Fermanagh, sleeping up a tree in Normandy, going on a swimming holiday in Croatia, and cycling in the Scottish Highlands. One of her greatest ambitions is to see the opening of a high speed rail link from UK to Ireland similar to Eurostar within her lifetime.

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Press Coverage
November 2009: greentraveller named as one of three finalists in the Travel Editors’ Green Award of the Year in the inaugural British Travel Press Awards
October 2009: greentraveller named in the Telegraph’s list of the best travel websites
September 2009: greentraveller recommended for ‘greener getaways’ by the Energy Savings Trust
September 2009: greentraveller recommended on
August 2009: greentraveller recommended on
July 2009: greentraveller named as best British eco travel blog and 7th best eco travel blog in the world in the Tripbase Travel blog awards.
July 2009: greentraveller featured in The Telegraph’s list of ‘The Best Travel Websites’.
June 2009: greentraveller recommended in the Ecologist magazine
June 2009: greenTraveller included in Cision’s Top Ten Travel blogs
April 2009: greentraveller listed in The Independent’s article on the 50 Best Travel Websites.
March 2009: greenTraveller featured on Green Lashes and Fashion.
March 2009: greentraveller is described by Timesonline as “The leading British website for eco travel – great for news, green travel tips and inspiration for a low-impact holiday.”
January 2009: greentraveller recommended in The Daily Mail’s ‘Green Scene’: Reduce your carbon footprint in the sand
December 2008: greentraveller listed as one of the top ten green travel sites by
December 2008: greentraveller featured on
August 2008: greentraveller named as one of judges “favourite websites” in the Green Web Awards.
July 2008: Sheherazade Goldsmith recommends greentraveller in her Daily Mail Green Scene column.
July 2008: greentraveller’s Google rating goes up a notch to 5/10.
June 2008: Fragile Earth’s What About China? recommends
May 2008: Alastair Sawdays’s Go Slow England recommends
April 2008: Channel 4’s Green Pages recommends
Marc 2008: The Irish Times recommends
February 2008: Raise magazine recommends
January 2008: in conversation with greentraveller’s editor.
December 2007: Marie Claire magazine recommends
November 2007: The Mail on Sunday recommends
November 2007: Tesco Greenerliving calls on to offer green travel advice.
October 2007: Sunday Times names as one of five ‘Best On The Net’.
June/July 2007: The Green Parent magazine recommends
June 2007: Timesonline names as one of its 100 best travel websites.
May 2007: Whatprice? recommends
November 2006: Guardian Unlimited profiles as ‘Site of the Week’.

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Alaistair Sawday's Green Europe published

Buttervilla is a boutique B&B on a Soil Association certified organic farm in South Cornwall is included in Alaistair Sawday’s Green Europe published this week and would like greentraveller web readers to know about us.

We care for our land in a sustainable, natural way and are rewarded with an abundance of wildlife around our grounds and trails to really help you get close to nature. Buttervilla has no farm animals so we have been able to remove all fences to allow guests to roam freely in the beautiful countryside. We have never used chemical sprays so the environment is clean, pure and influenced by the Atlantic breezes with the south Cornish coast just two miles away.

In season we provide fresh produce from our own extensive kitchen garden, grown using organic methods for maximum quality, purity and a great taste. We provide a hearty farmhouse breakfast and simple evening meals made with locally sourced ingredients. We have been voted one of the best b&b Cornwall and the South West for food by the Guardian and Alister Sawday has awarded us their Fine Food and Environmental Stamps

We have recently been featured in several national publications including the Telegraph Times and Guardian who praise our peaceful, natural, relaxing environment and the great local organic food we offer, ranking us among the best B&B’s in the U. K. Taste of the West an organisation who represent the best in local produce and hospitality have award the bronze medal for Cornwall two years running, which ranks us in the top three foody B&B’s in Cornwall. So if your looking for a break in a beautiful eco friendly location with welcoming hosts who offer relaxed informal service and great local produce, Buttervilla is the place for you.

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