10 Parks Win David Bellamy Conservation Awards
We are delighted to announce that 10 of our holiday parks have earned a David Bellamy Conservation Award for all of the work they have done to protect the environment. The holiday parks are regularly assessed and judged on the steps they are taking to manage their land as a haven for wildlife, reduce their use of energy and water, reduce, reuse and recycle waste and support their local community.
Sandy Glade Holiday Park has won the Bellamy Bronze award for the first time, with Killigarth Manor and St Ives Holiday Village jumping from bronze to silver since 2016. Trelawne Manor, Combe Martin Beach and Sandaway Beach all earned silver awards, along with South Bay and Perran View who won their first time silver awards.
Widemouth Bay Caravan Park won Bellamy Gold again, joined by Tolroy Manor who have gone from silver to gold this year in addition to getting Honey Bee Friendly status and their Hedgerow badge. Park managers Gavin & Amy Lewis and their team have worked particularly hard this year to achieve this; they have added a bug hotel and owl box plus other initiatives. “We are absolutely made up to hear this brilliant news. We have all worked extra hard on this project to achieve the Bellamy Gold and the Honey Bee Friendly status and Hedgerow badges and we will continue to protect the environment.”
Since 2016 the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme has teamed up with the British Beekeepers Association to run a Honey Bee Friendly Park Project. This project aims to get the holiday parks working towards conserving Britain’s bees and if they do enough Honey Bee conservation they earn their Honey Bee Friendly Park status.
This year the Honey Bee Friendly status has been awarded to St Ives Holiday Village, Trelawne Manor and Killigarth Manor who have taken the Honey Bee Pledge and worked extra hard on their Bee B&B.
About David Bellamy Conservation Awards
The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK. After talking to the members of the camping, caravanning and holiday home park industry he gave them a challenge to be part of the environmental solution rather than part of the problem. David was then visited many parks and was astounded at the range of work that the owners were doing for the environment. The scheme started in 1996 and the first awards were made in 1997 and all of the assessors of the awards come from local wildlife trusts and other local conservation bodies. One of the first comments David made about the scheme remains true today: “My dream is to upgrade all caravan parks up to some sort of conservation status so that they can educate the visiting public and help them respect and care for the countryside.”