North Norfolk holiday parks retain coveted gold standard
Two of north Norfolk’s most popular holiday parks have once again been recognised as exemplars of sustainable tourism with awards from top environmental campaigner David Bellamy.
Kelling Heath Holiday Park, near Holt, and Woodhill Park, in East Runton, have both retained their ‘Gold’ status as part of this year’s David Bellamy Conservation Awards – a scheme championing the efforts of holiday parks to preserve and protect the natural environment.
The latest success means Kelling has retained its ‘Gold’ status every year since the awards launched in 1997, while its sister destination Woodhill has retained the same level of recognition every year since 2003. Michael Timewell, Director of Blue Sky Leisure – the Bradwell-based company that owns both parks – says: “We are immensely proud to have retained our double gold standard for another year. It validates all the hard work we put into protecting the natural environment at both these parks and reassures guests of our commitment to sustainable tourism.”
Assessors awarded the double gold after monitoring both parks’ performance in various categories, including wildlife protection, energy saving, recycling and the reduction of on-park water usage. The Woodhill team were recognised for their ingenuity in coming up with creative ways to increase sustainability and engagement with nature, including a bird hide made from recycled decking and a solar-powered dog wash.
Kelling attracted specific praise for its continued commitment in striving to ensure guests go home caring more about the environment than when they arrived.
Writing to congratulate bosses at Woodhill, Professor Bellamy said: “You should be very proud of the work you and your team have done for Britain’s wildlife and the environment. I am delighted that you remain so committed to managing your lovely site to the benefit of both wildlife and your local community.”
Doing the same for Kelling he said: “I am delighted to see that you remain at the top of your game – leading the way for others in the scheme.” Professor Bellamy also praised both parks for their efforts to encourage bees.
Success in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards comes in the same week that Woodhill Park achieved its best ever Visit England grading, scoring 90% following an assessment by inspectors last month. The park has also been shortlisted as a finalist in the Holiday Park of the Year category of the EDP Tourism Awards.