THREE Worcestershire businesses have won top industry commendations at the Visit England Awards of Excellence 2022.

Each business was awarded either bronze, silver or gold honours in their respective categories, and were highly praised for their commitment and efforts to the tourism sector over the past 12 months at the ceremony.

Treeopia - Tenbury Wells

Worcester News: GOLD: Treetopia. Picture Credit: Nicki Beavan.GOLD: Treetopia. Picture Credit: Nicki Beavan.

Treetopia is a unique treehouse, overnight experience in Tenbury Wells, and was awarded the top prize of gold for Self Catering Accommodation of the Year.

The business was highly commended for providing a memorable guest experience and demonstrating excellence across every aspect of the business. 

Rowley Farm Holidays - Holt Heath

Worcester News: BRONZE: Rowley Farm Holidays.BRONZE: Rowley Farm Holidays.

Rowley Farm Holidays has been described as a luxury farm stay accommodation provider located near Holt Health in Worcester.

The business was awarded bronze for New Tourism Business of the Year, recognising an excellent understanding of the staycation market since opening in the summer of 2020.

Severn Valley Railway - Kidderminster

Worcester News: BRONZE: Severn Valley Railway. Picture Credit: Chris Bentham.BRONZE: Severn Valley Railway. Picture Credit: Chris Bentham.

The Severn Valley Railway is one of the UK’s heritage railways located in Kidderminster.

It was awarded bronze for the Resilience and Innovation Award, signifying adaptation, innovation and support to the local communities during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Helen Smith, managing director of Severn Valley Railway, said: “To receive this level of national recognition is truly wonderful.

"It’s a vote of confidence in everything that we’ve done to get through the impacts of Covid and to rebuild our visitor offering, making sure that we’re the best heritage railway to visit and to work and volunteer at.

"As we celebrate a buoyant start to our 2022 season, this award is the icing on the cake and clear proof that we’re getting it right."

The county was one of the most well-represented areas at the awards.

The national awards were hosted at the Birmingham Library after the businesses respectively won awards at the regional Visit Worcestershire Tourism Awards earlier this year.

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Councillor Marc Bayliss, cabinet member for economy, infrastructure and skills, said: “Award results like this are an immense moment of pride and highlight what the people of Worcestershire already know, what a beautiful and thriving county we live in.

"Visit Worcestershire continues to grow and does a fantastic job of encouraging visitors to explore our county. I’d like to thank all of our local businesses for the part they do in highlighting what the county has to offer.”