The owners of a green holiday park in Cumbria that won a Queen’s Award for sustainability have received the official commemoration from Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Cumbria, Claire Hensman.

“Green tourism” has been a focus of The Quiet Site in Watermillock for more than 30 years now, and owner Daniel Holder and his son George were on hand to be presented with the Award.

Mr Holder received a certificate signed by The Queen and the Prime Minister, as well as a crystal glass vase, while the campsite will now be able to fly the Queen’s Award flag for the next five years.

This is the first time the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development has been won by a holiday park.

Holder said: “This is an immensely proud moment for us, and a fantastic spur to our efforts to allow people to enjoy this beautiful region without creating a negative impact”.

“Cumbria’s economy relies heavily on tourism to support businesses and provide jobs, and we believe this needn’t be inconsistent with protecting the natural world. For example, we have invested heavily in sustainable technologies over the years, including solar panels and biomass heating, as well as banning single-use plastics.”

“We also operate a very popular “zero waste” food shop specialising in Cumbrian produce free from unnecessary packaging, and with the fewest possible food miles under its belt.”

He added: “The Quiet Site’s holiday homes, including our underground Hobbit Holes, are highly insulated, extremely energy efficient, and built from sustainable materials. At the same time they provide an exciting and memorable alternative to traditional holiday accommodation, and are especially loved by young families.”

“Hopefully we are also sending out the message that, by making even minor adjustments to our lives, it’s possible to make a real difference to our environmental impact”.

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