David Bellamy praises East Devon holiday park
PUBLISHED: 12:57 06 January 2009 | UPDATED: 22:49 15 June 2010
Butterflies, owls and bats have helped a Dunkeswell holiday park to wing its way to victory in a nationwide environmental competition organised by Professor David Bellamy.
Butterflies, owls and bats have helped a Dunkeswell holiday park to wing its way to victory in a nationwide environmental competition organised by Professor David Bellamy.Blossom Hill Park has scooped a silver accolade in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards, designed to celebrate the UK's chief providers of "green holidays". The world-famous botanist said that the park's owners, the Dream Lodge Group, had created "an exciting wildlife wonderland which is brimming with bio-diversity".Blossom Hill Park nestles in 50 acres of peaceful East Devon countryside on the fringes of the Blackdown Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The grounds provide an idyllic setting for the owners of some 80 luxury timber-built lodges based there.Amongst its many natural attractions are walks through the park's 40-acre broadleaf woodlands which provide valuable habitats for many different animal, bird and plant species.The grounds include a natural river-fed fishing lake which is carefully managed by the park, and which supports a rich variety of aquatic life.Other environment-friendly initiatives put in place on the park include the planting of thousands of indigenous trees and shrubs, plus the sowing of flowers with high pollen-bearing blooms which draw a wide range of common and less familiar butterfly species.David Bellamy said he was also impressed with the park's decision to use shielded illumination to minimise light pollution, and to allow visitors to enjoy the night sky.Owl, bat and bird boxes have been introduced around the grounds, and the park plans to increase its current commitment to harvesting rainwater which is used for irrigation.Blossom Hill was also praised for its close involvement with the local community which has included a £2000 donation to provide fencing of a village play area.The park is one of five exclusive developments owned by the Dream Lodge Group, and Development Director Mark Preston said that he and park staff were absolutely delighted to have received the holiday park industry's top green prize from Britain's best-known conservationist :"Although many of our guests do come here to enjoy a traditional Devon holiday, we can also offer an exciting environment to explore and make wildlife discoveries, and which is especially thrilling for children," said Mark.Blossom Hill, he added, was currently working with local wildlife and conservation groups to identify and introduce a raft of new environmental initiatives in the future.
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