THE Wheatley Arms in Ben Rhydding has obtained the Blue Wharfedale Tackles Plastic (WTP) certification in recognition of its endeavours to reduce its carbon footprint and in particular its use of single use plastics.

They also received the Surfers Against Sewage certification.

The Blue WTP certificate is awarded to businesses who join the Surfers Against Sewage (SAS) pledge and make three positive changes to their use of plastic such as removing plastic drinking straws, stirrers and non-recyclable cups.

“In truth, The Wheatley Arms has gone above and beyond on this” said WTP secretary Anne Cuthbertson “and are well on their way to receiving our second Level Green Certification.”

General Manager Jonathan Brown said “Several initiatives were set up by Rowan James to reduce our environmental impact, cutting down on single use plastics and offsetting our carbon footprint, and we will continue to support, and expand upon these. Under the Carbon Free Dining, an initiative of Not-for-Profit organisation The Green Earth Appeal, our customers have been responsible for the planting of over 1600 trees in the last two months, through an optional donation on food. It’s great that national organisations such as SAS and our local group WTP are recognising our efforts.”

Wharfedale Tackles Plastic is an umbrella group supporting Plastic Free Communities along the Wharfe valley who working towards Plastic Free status. Further information can be found on

If you would like to know more about Wharfedale Tackles Plastic certification, or wish to join the group, there will be an open meeting on Monday, September 23 at 7.30pm at Outside The Box Café, Ilkley or contact There is also a community litter pick on September 21st. Meet at Ilkley bandstand at 10am.