Lancs park twice tipped for top tourism awards

Henry Wild at Moss Wood's spring-fed lake which acts as a magnet for birds and a myriad of aquatic wildlife

Henry Wild at Moss Wood’s spring-fed lake which acts as a magnet for birds and a myriad of aquatic wildlife

Two top honours could be in prospect for a Lancaster holiday park after it was shortlisted this month in two different categories of a major awards scheme.

Moss Wood in the village of Cockerham now finds itself twice a finalist in the Lancashire Tourism Awards 2017, the region’s most prestigious business event.

It will be competing in both the self-catering holidays category, and in the category for sustainable business where Moss Wood was also shortlisted last year.

Now the family-owned park must wait until 09 November when judges reveal their verdicts at a high-profile awards ceremony at the Blackpool Tower Ballroom.

Rufus Bellamy (right) at the park's recent wildlife discovery day

Rufus Bellamy (right) at the park’s recent wildlife discovery day

Moss Wood was established by the Wild family over 40 years ago, provides around 200 pitches for holiday homes, touring caravans and motorhomes.

The business has become widely recognised for its many initiatives to protect the natural world, and to encourage wildlife in its tranquil grounds which include a spring-fed lake.

This year, the park opened a 1.5km nature discovery trail and a 3000 square-foot wild flower wilderness attracting honey bees and butterflies.

Moss Wood also harvests rainwater for plant irrigation, makes extensive use of recycling, and arranges wildlife events, such as bat walks, for holiday guests and local schoolchildren.

Its raft of green enterprises once again gained the park the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level in 2017.

Professor Bellamy also honoured Moss Wood this year with a Special Distinction award for a successful nature day in autumn for both holiday guests and local residents.

Park director Henry Wild said everyone at Moss Wood was delighted that it is now in the running for two major awards from Lancashire Tourism:

“Our family has lived and worked for many years in this beautiful part of Lancashire, and we’ve always tried to make the park a perfect fit to the natural environment,” said Henry.

“We also tend to attract holidaymakers who share our views on the importance of protecting wildlife, and they are very supportive of our conservation work.

“It’s fantastic to have gained two places on the Lancashire Tourism Awards shortlist, and we’ve all now got our fingers firmly crossed!” he added.

According to the organisation, tourism is worth £3.8 billion each year to the Lancashire economy, and supports over 56,000 jobs by welcoming 64 million visitors annually.

There is more information about Moss Wood Caravan Park at www.mosswood.co.uk

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