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The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme

By Helen Pentith  //  Fri 13th October 2017
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A bit of history
The David Bellamy Award Scheme is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK. The idea of the scheme was first sown when David Bellamy gave a talk to members of the camping, caravanning and holiday park industry in which he gave the audience members a challenge to be part of the enviromental solution and not part of the problem. David was invited to visit many parks and was amazed at the wide range of work that the forward-thinking owners were doing for the enviroment. David was impressed that a partnership was formed between the Conservation Foundation and the British Holiday & Home Parks Assosiation to set up an award scheme.
In the years since it was set up, the David Bellamy Conservation Awards scheme has grown in scope and stature and has even inspired similar award schemes abroad - most noteable the Gumnut award scheme in Australia.
The parks that take part in the scheme are all regularly assessed by the scheme's team of local wildlife experts. The assessors look at the steps parks are taking to:
  • Manage their land as a haven for wild life
  • Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources
  • Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce
  • Support their local communitites
Three levels of excellence can be achieved: Gold, Silver and Bronze.

Hollicarrs are thrilled to recieve the David Bellamy Gold award, 12 years running. The park remains a very good neighbour, supporting local businesses, selling local produce, and involve the local community and lodge owners in projects on the park. Local community groups and schools are invited on the park, and lodge owners and park staff continue to carry out some commendable fundraising for a range of charities.

Honey Bee Friendly Park Project - Honey Bee Pledge
The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme has teamed up with the British Beekeepers Association to form the Honey Bee Freindly Park Project which aims to get as many parks as possible working to conserve Britains's bees.
Parks that sign up to the 'Honey Bee Pledge' are asked to plant the forage crops that bees need to survive. This is a vital piece of work that will really help Britain's dwindling bee population. The work that is done on the parks are reviewed by the assessors. If enough work has been done memebers recieve a certificate to confirm that their park is 'Honey Bee Friendly'.

The team at Hollicarrs work continously to support this project. The park produces a good supply of food for bees and other pollinators from early Spring to early Winter due to the range of native trees, shrubs and wild flowers on the site, especially in Three Hagges Wood meadow. There is lots of information provided to lodge owners on bee biology and conservation and local honey is sold in reception, also 2 bee hotels on the park and Hagges Wood provide nesting sites for a range of wild bees.

5 habitats in 5 years - Hedgerows
The 5 Habitats in 5 years has been launched this year, with hedgerows being the first habitat.

Hollicarrs have earned their Hedge Habitat Badge for the mature hedges around the park, and along the roadside at the park entrance.
Next year's habitat will be 'Wildflower areas'.

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