Lanlivery holiday park scoops golden award - naturally
A LANLIVERY holiday park has been awarded the prestigious gold level David Bellamy Conservation Award.
The national scheme is organised by the famous botanist and rewards enterprises which have made substantial and successful efforts to protect the natural world.
Eden Valley Holiday Park is run by Darren and Ginny Hopkins. Professor Bellamy said the pair have created "a wildlife wonderland" in the 36-acre grounds.
The couple are delighted and hope the publicity will benefit other tourism businesses in the area.
"This is a very special part of Cornwall, and it's wonderful to be able to help preserve its unique character with the support and inspiration of someone like David Bellamy," said Mrs Hopkins.
An assessment of the park carried out for the scheme found that a raft of different initiatives had made it a haven for indigenous flora and fauna.
They include the extensive planting of flowers with high nectar-bearing blooms which attract a wide range of bees and butterflies, including both familiar and less common species.
Eden Valley's carefully managed trout stream is also a magnet for dragonflies and birds.
The park grounds feature many different types of habitat to encourage insect life, from bird boxes to log piles. The couple's three children have also helped in the building of "hedgehog hotels" for hibernating animals.
The Hopkins acquired the park six years ago and have worked hard to create a high quality environment run on sustainable lines.
Their rewards include a rise in visitor numbers both from across the United Kingdom and from Europe.
Visitors can bring their own touring caravan, motorhome or tent, or can rent one of the park's luxury holiday homes, some of which are available to own privately.
Guests contribute to the recycling efforts of the business and are encouraged to conserve energy and water.
Ecofriendly features include a rainwater harvesting system and shielded lighting to lessen light pollution, enabling visitors to enjoy the night sky.
The park's engagement with the local community was also praised, including the hosting of charity events to raise money for Cornwall Air Ambulance.
Mrs Hopkins believes the park is unique.
"Eden Valley Holiday Park has a particular appeal to people who want a traditional Cornish holiday free from artificial attractions, and that's how we aim to keep it," she said.