British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards
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News & Events

News and Events

2009 Round-up

December 23, 2009

It’s the end of 2009, so time for a round-up of the year’s news. Overall, it’s been a year of consolidation. The majority of parks in the scheme have carried on steadily improving their environmental performance – responding both to new ideas and to the public’s steadily increasing expectations about the performance of businesses in terms of environmental management and sustainability. We’ve also refined our park briefing notes and award-scheme website and hope that participating parks see a general ratcheting up of the quality and scope of the information and advice they receive.

Numbers Hold Steady

One excellent piece of news is that the number of parks taking part in the scheme have remained strong. Speaking to owners and managers earlier in the year at the BH&HPA conference in Blackpool, it was clear that parks are very happy to stick with the scheme and see it as an important part of their environmental management work.

One of the most exciting developments this year is that we have had over fifty new parks joining the scheme. A good number have come in at the bronze or silver level, while some have leapt straight in a Gold. This spread of achievement amongst new entries is great news as its shows that, while exceptionally ‘green’ parks see the awards as worthwhile, more and more parks are realizing that they do not have to be Gold to get something from the scheme. Indeed, talking to park owners, it is clear that becoming a ‘Bellamy Park’ is particularly useful for any enterprise that is just starting out on the environmental improvement route – it offers an assessment of where the park is and helps managers and staff map out a route for improvement. The value of this is shown by many of the parks that have been in the scheme for a while and which have used it to help them move their environmental performance from bronze, to silver and eventually up to Gold over the years.

New Assessors

Not only have we had lots of new parks joining the scheme this year, we’ve also recruited a number of new assessors, mostly from local wildlife trusts (as has always been the case in the past). This has allowed us to spread the workload amongst those assessors that have had a pretty big patch to cover (Scottish assessors take a bow). It has also allowed us to get a ‘new eye’ on some parks that have had the same assessor for a number of years – not only does this give us a new perspective on how parks are performing, it also means that we’ve been able to give the parks a new perspective on how they can improve their performance in each of the three main areas assessed by the scheme: good neighbourliness, sustainability’ and ecological management.