One of the things that guests at our holiday parks love is the abundance of wildlife on our sites. So we are delighted that our commitment to sustaining and encouraging our environment has been recognised by top botanist David Bellamy.

For the 15th year running, York House Holiday Park and Abbots Green Luxury Lodges have been given a gold David Bellamy Conservation Award for the “many positive environmental activities” and all the “wonderful projects” that have been put in place to help protect wildlife.

The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme champions holiday parks that are working to protect and enhance Britain’s environment. The scheme’s assessors visit sites across the UK to carry out an in-depth wildlife audit.

In her report, the assessor highlighted a range of environmentally-friendly initiatives at York House and Abbots Green. These include a new water feature and ornamental grasses, spurges and shrubs alongside the stream and ponds, and a new herbaceous border which was described as “absolutely wonderful and a credit to the grounds team”.

York House also retained its status as a Honey Bee Friendly site, and received a Wildflower Habitat badge for features such as “a magnificent 1422.5m of native hedge”.

The 23-acre site of York House Holiday Park and Abbots Green Luxury Lodges is home to a variety of wildlife including rabbits, squirrels, stoats, hedgehogs, bats and a visiting fox. Birds include chaffinches, sparrows, blackbirds, thrushes, pheasants and swifts, while barn owls can be heard and sometimes seen at night. Ducks and mallards love to bathe in the new water feature on Bishops Brook, and aquatic animals and birds including crayfish, bull heads, trout, carp, Canada geese, herons, and water voles can be seen in the ponds and beck.

Read more about the wonderful wildlife at York House and Abbots Green and their gold David Bellamy Conservation Award here.