AN ECO-FRIENDLY caravan park in the Ribble Valley has struck gold in the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Awards.
Hackings Holiday Caravan Park, near Billington, scooped the award after being recognised in excellence in environmental care including recycling, energy efficiency, supporting the local economy as well as biodiversity and landscape quality.
Park Owner Linden Hacking said: “We are absolutely delighted that our contribution to the local environment has been recognised with a Gold award, the highest possible accreditation in the scheme.
“Here at Hackings our team work hard with our visitors to minimise our impact on the environment and to make the area more attractive.”
Regional assessor for the awards Tom Pridmore said: “The park has many interesting attributes and good environmental practices in place. Owners Wendy and Linden Hacking, who seem instinctively dedicated to ensuring the integrity of the rural location is preserved, have made year on year improvements to address all possible aspects of environmental care.”
Some of the examples of good practice highlighted during the judging included: a major new solar energy system, installed by a local company Solar Power PV Ltd,, and which provides the park with green energy; Innovative interpretation and signage across the park encouraging visitors to care for wildlife; A new butterfly garden; A new woodland trail; Comprehensive recycling scheme for a range of waste materials and an active support for the community and local events
“Environmental good practice is included in all aspect of the business,” added Tom Pridmore. “Any landscaping on the park includes wildlife rich species and the park has a policy of using local businesses and tradesmen wherever possible.”
Linden and Wendy Hacking will be invited to London to collect their Gold award from Professor David Bellamy.