Green awards for north Norfolk holiday parks
Two north Norfolk holiday destinations, Kelling Heath Holiday Park and Woodhill Park, have once again been recognised for their green credentials, snapping up a host of industry awards for their commitment to conservation and sustainable tourism.
Kelling Heath at Weybourne has been awarded gold in the Green Tourism Business Scheme, gold in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards and a CPRE Norfolk Award from the Campaign to Protect Rural England.
Its sister park, Woodhill at East Runton also achieved gold in both the Green Tourism Business Scheme and the David Bellamy Awards.
The holiday parks' environmental officer, Nicola Badley, said: 'Being recognised by one of these schemes would have been great, but to pick up five separate awards across both parks is really amazing.
'It's testament to the significant amount of time, resources and hard work our countryside team have put in to creating two different destinations that both preserve the natural beauty of their surrounding areas.'
Kelling Heath's success in the Green Tourism Business Scheme means it has retained the coveted gold award first presented in 2010.
Businesses are graded against a rigorous set of criteria, including energy and water efficiency, waste management, biodiversity and many more.
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Assessors were particularly impressed with the Kelling Heath's biodiesel processor which converts the waste cooking oil from their kitchens into fuel for the park's vehicles.
The range of nature-based activities for adults and children also attracted praise as well as the use of solar power to provide hot water for the toilet blocks.
Both parks also picked up the highest accolade in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards for protecting and enhancing the natural world.
The third success for Kelling Heath – the CPRE Norfolk Award – has been given in recognition of the work it does to educate visitors through its trails and Acorn Events - all of which are designed to teach children and families about the natural environment.
Both parks are run by Blue Sky Leisure, owned by the Timewell family which has operated holiday parks and restaurants in Norfolk for more than 35 years. To find out more visit www.kellingheath.co.uk and www.woodhill-park.com.