Buzz at bee-friendly park tipped for top tourism award
Honey bees, butterflies and bats have helped a Lancaster holiday park to wing its way into the finals of this year’s prestigious Lancashire Tourism Awards.
Moss Wood in the village of Cockerham has been shortlisted in the “sustainable tourism” category of businesses making exceptional efforts to protect the natural world.
Now the final hurdle for the park will be a face-to-face interview with the judging panel before the winner is finally revealed at November’s glittering awards ceremony.
Family-owned Moss Wood has already had its environmental policies and green tourism credentials put under close scrutiny in the competition.
Judges noted that the park became home earlier this year to more than 100,000 honey bees after it installed three traditional timber hives in its grounds.
Their thriving future is assured thanks to the large number of high nectar-bearing blooms at Moss Wood, including a 3000 square-foot wildflower wilderness planted last year.
The bees are sharing their food sources with a wide range of butterflies and other pollinators, and there are plans to harvest the honey for sale in the park’s shop.
Moss Wood also launched its own craft brewery beer in spring this year, and every bottle sold is providing a cash donation for the British Beekeepers Association education charity.
Other natural attractions at Moss Wood include a 1.5km nature discovery trail, a spring-fed lake attracting many bird species, and events such as pond dipping and bat-walks.
Henry Wild, whose family has owned Moss Wood for over 40 years, said it was a fantastic honour to see their business named as sustainable tourism finalists in the awards:
“We’ve always considered ourselves fortunate in being able to live and work in this glorious part of rural Lancashire, and to share it with our holiday guests,” said Henry.
“That’s why we do all we can to encourage the abundant flora and fauna here, and we’re always keen to explore new ideas to make the park a perfect fit to the natural environment.
“Reaching the Lancashire Tourism Awards shortlist is superb news, and we owe a great debt of thanks to our staff for all their hard work on our conservation programme,” he added.
According to the award organisers, tourism is worth £4.13 billion each year to the Lancashire economy, and supports over 59,000 jobs by welcoming 67 million visitors annually.
There is more information about Moss Wood Caravan Park at www.mosswood.co.uk