‘Green’ Recognition for Quartet of Club Sites
Four of The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Sites have been honoured with a David Bellamy Conservation Award for 2009.
Inverewe Gardens in Scotland and Verwood Club Site in the New Forest were awarded a gold level of excellence whilst Horsley (Surrey) and Delamont Country Park in Northern Ireland both picked up silvers.
The Sites were recognised by David Bellamy, who is also The Club’s President, after its Holiday Site Managers and Assistants highlighted to assessors the great lengths that they undertake to help protect and enhance Britain’s natural environment.
All four Sites leave areas ‘rough’ or ‘wild’ to encourage wildlife, control grassland to enhance the growth of native wildflowers, manage plans for any different habitats, use peat-free compost, monitor energy consumption, encourage waste management, as well as control noise levels.
Sites Director Bob Hill was understandably delighted to see the Sites recognised.
He said: “As a Club we are committed to environmental excellence and want our members and non-members to have a holiday full of natural enjoyment.
“Camping and caravanning is great for families looking to reduce their carbon footprint and has always been a ‘green’ holiday choice.
“The popular pastime is compatible with the environment, a supporter of local goods and services and based around non-permanent structures; whose removal immediately returns the area to its natural state.
“I am pleased to see that the Sites’ efforts have been rewarded.”
The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK, and is a joint partnership between the Conservation Foundation and the British Holiday & Homes Parks Association.
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- The Camping and Caravanning Club is 109-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and six Cabin Sites.
- New to Camping was launched on Monday, May 18, 2009 and incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
- National awards include:
- AA Campsite of the Year Heart of England 2010 – Teversal Club Site
- Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly Facilities Overall Trophy Winner
- Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Category National Award Winner (England)
- Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly National Award Winner (England)
- Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Attendant Team National Award Winner (Glencoe Club Site – Scotland)
- Loo of the Year 2010 - ‘Champions League’ – Standards of Excellence
- Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Teversal Club Site (England)
- Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Dunbar Club Site (Scotland)
- David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Verwood Club Site (Gold)
- David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Inverewe Gardens Club Site (Gold)
- David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Horsley Club Site (Silver)
- David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Delamont Country Park (Silver)
- Which Motorcaravan Site of the Year Runner-Up – Little Trethvas Farm CS
- Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
- Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
- MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site
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