Ingoldmells caravan park wins top eco award

Pictured, from left, are admin officer Alan Crosland, park manager Pat Pollard, admin officer Loretta Fenwick and John Clarke, a member of site staff.
Pictured, from left, are admin officer Alan Crosland, park manager Pat Pollard, admin officer Loretta Fenwick and John Clarke, a member of site staff.
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A coastal caravan park run by East Lindsey District Council has been awarded the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award.

Kingfisher Caravan Park in Ingoldmells has been awarded the highest Gold accolade.

The Council’s Portfolio Holder for the Environment, Councillor Steve Newton, said: “The granting of this award to our Kingfisher Caravan Park is testament to the hard work that goes on behind the scenes in an environmental capacity such as recycling and management of plants and green spaces.

“The award also has wider economic benefits as it draws people to the area to stay at this award-winning environmentally-friendly caravan park.”

Park manager Pat Pollard added: “Kingfisher Caravan Park is delighted to be the recipient of the David Bellamy Conservation Award at the Gold level.

“We take great pride in achieving this fantastic award, which gives recognition that it is amongst an elite in the UK.”

The award covers a number of environmental issues, ranging from the care of hedgerows and wild flowers to helping to protect the natural environment and support wildlife.

Aspects of park management which do not directly affect the immediate environment, but which are important in overall conservation terms are also taken into consideration.

This includes the use of low energy lighting and energy efficient equipment, encouraging water saving devices in toilets, using recycled paper, ensuring that old trees, shrubs and pruning are chipped and used as mulch, and recycling waste.

The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK.

The idea was born when David Bellamy gave a talk to members of the camping, caravanning and holiday home park industry in which he gave the audience members a challenge to be part of the environmental solution and not part of the problem. The first awards were presented in 1997.