We are thrilled to announce that Best of British member Poston Mill Park has won the David Bellamy Conservation Award! The team achieved the top gold level for the twelfth successive year. The Hereford park, near Peterchurch, is run by Wayne and Sarah Jones and they are immensely proud to have had their conservation work honoured in this way. The award scheme was founded 25 years ago by botanist David Bellamy, who passed away in December 2019, and whose work is being carried on by his son Rufus.
"Poston Mill has always tended to attract customers who share our love of the natural world and seek out unspoiled surroundings. For that reason, we've always been keen to ensure that all the improvements we make will benefit the amazing flora and fauna which flourishes here. It's great to have our efforts recognised by this award, and the credit must be shared with the loyal and hardworking members of Poston Mill's staff team." said Sarah Jones.
Sarah and Wayne took over the park just over 20 years ago, and have since invested much time and energy into creating first-class surroundings which have drawn a host of quality awards. It nestles in 35 acres of tranquil countryside within sight of the Black Mountains, and provides caravan holiday homes to own as well as cottages and holiday caravans to hire. There are also pitch facilities for families with touring caravans, motorhomes and tents.
Assessors for the award said that Poston Mill was to be applauded for giving the same VIP welcome to nature and wildlife as it does to holiday visitors. They 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 Poston Mill, its harvesting of rainfall in butts for irrigation, and the use of low-level illumination so that guests can enjoy the night sky.
The park was commended as well for its charity fundraising work for local good causes, and the championing of Herefordshire foods and crafts in its shop.
In addition to the main David Bellamy Conservation Award, Sarah and Wayne received four extra badges for specific initiatives undertaken on the park. They were for creating woodland habitats, planting hedges, propagating wild flowers, and helping to protect tourism jobs since the start of the Coronavirus outbreak.
"We've been extremely busy since re-opening in July with safety measures in place, and are now focussing on giving our guests the breaks they need and deserve," said Sarah.
From everyone at Best of British – congratulations Poston Mill Park on your achievements in conservation!