The family-run park has won the 2020 David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level, recognising its many achievements to protect the natural world. The park sits in 25 acres of countryside above the shores of Windermere, and provides holiday homes to rent and buy, glamping pods, and pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents.
Susan and Derek Dickson, the husband and wife duo behind Park Cliffe, said they were very proud to have their conservation work honoured in this way.
The award scheme was founded 25 years ago by TV botanist David Bellamy who passed away in December 2019, and whose work is being carried on by his son Rufus.
Susan said that she and Derek owed a great debt of thanks for the accolade to their staff team:
“Everyone here shares our love of the natural world, and our team members play a vital role in helping us to put our plans into action, and contributing their own ideas,” she said.
“We would be delighted if this award helped highlight Cumbria as a place where holidays can be enjoyed without damaging our beautiful but fragile environment,” added Susan.
Assessors for the David Bellamy award highlighted the park’s planting of many high nectar-bearing flowers which provide vital foraging for honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators.
Praised too are the many wildlife habitats created at Park Cliffe, its championing of local foods in its shop and restaurant, and the use of low-level lighting so that guests can enjoy the night sky.
Other initiatives include the banning of single-use plastics throughout the business, and the switch to non-polluting all-electric vehicles around the grounds.