The David Bellamy conservation award scheme www.bellamyparks.co.uk is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK. We’ve been participating for 10 years now and have been awarded the Gold Award for the last few years. We will soon be assessed for 2013 and are hoping to get the Gold Award again!
We will be assessed on various aspects relating to environmental performance, including:
- Ecological management
- Sustainability – what is done to conserve resources and waste
- Good neighbourliness – how we support the local community and economy
The assessor Andrew will be looking for evidence of our enthusiasm and commitment to environmental
improvement. He is very knowledgeable and helpful,so we always look forward to his visit. We normally have a chat over a cup of tea, followed by a drive around the site to show him our work. We have put together a folder to show him, highlights for this year being:
- The Biomass system (see Biomass blog post for more details of this)
- The RSPB bird survey – their findings were very encouraging with five species classified as ‘Red Status’ (birds of high conservation concern) found at Stowford, and a total of 31 species spotted during their visits.
- Supporting our local community by continuing to buy locally, using our swimming pool for schools and guide/scouts through the winter, and supporting local events.
- Our continuing commitment to recycling as much of our and our customers refuse as we can.
After our inspection it’s looking likely that we will get the Gold Award again. The assessor was particularly impressed with the Biomass scheme and may even put us up for a special distinction award for this (although this may be next year when Biomass is heating the whole site)