Our staff and visitors know how fantastic our YHL parks are, but it’s always great to receive recognition from others. So we are delighted and proud to have received a variety of accolades recently that recognise excellence in a number of areas.
As always, thanks go to all our staff and customers for their contribution in maintaining our high standards and excellent reputation.
David Bellamy Conservation Award
The three parks have received the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award, placing them among the best holiday parks in the country for sustaining and protecting wildlife on their sites.
It is the 16th consecutive Gold award for York House and Abbots Green, which is home to a large range of land, air and aquatic wildlife. It also retained its status as a Honey Bee Friendly site and Wildflower Habitat.
Old Hall, meanwhile, has held the David Bellamy Gold award for three years now, with maximum points given this year for wildlife, wildflower gardens and composting, among other things.
The park, located near Boroughbridge, also received the Going Green park community project award for the second year running for its hedgehog conservation project. In addition, they were presented with the Protect Tourism Jobs Award in recognition of their work to protect employment directly within their local community and the industry supply chain.
Wendy Whittle, park manager at Old Hall, said: “We are extremely proud to have achieved these awards which recognise the hard work we put in all year round to encourage and sustain a wide range of wildlife on our park, as well as supporting our local community.
“It really is a team effort and everyone helps in their own way. This includes our static and seasonal touring caravan owners planting flowers and bushes that attract bees and wildlife. Not only is this part of our conservation work, but it also brings everyone together and ensures all the gardens are looking beautiful and full of colour through the spring and summer.
“We also support our local community by recommending and promoting shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants in Boroughbridge to our holiday homeowners and touring caravans. And for ten years we have been raising funds for the Yorkshire Air Ambulance, totalling nearly £30,000. Again, this is a whole park effort, with everyone joining in the fundraising activities and donating items to our popular bric-a-brac stall.”
Wendy added: “We would just like to thank all those who have helped us in one way or another to achieve these awards. It is always lovely to see all the wildlife around Old Hall, and every little bit helps – whether it be composting, planting, feeding the birds, ducks, hedgehogs, squirrels and pheasants, or growing sunflowers in our sunflower competition (then using the sunflower heads to feed the birds and wildlife).
“Not forgetting lovely Boroughbridge, which we always have and always will continue to help and support, to keep our community feel.”
Visit England Five Star Rating
York House Holiday Park has once again been named a Five Star Holiday Park by Visit England.
The award is the tourist body’s accommodation quality scheme, and assesses holiday parks and other accommodation providers for their services and facilities. Each year, every aspect is thoroughly inspected, from the efficiency of the booking process to the level of service provided.