Marina pushes the boat out in green awards

Mercia Marina visitor and nature-lover Niamh agrees with David Bellamy that it's time to give bees a chance

Mercia Marina visitor and nature-lover Niamh agrees with David Bellamy that it’s time to give bees a chance

Derbyshire’s Mercia Marina has created a splash in this year’s David Bellamy Conservation Awards by giving wildlife the same VIP treatment as its visitors.

The marina, which provides luxury holiday lodges for sale and rent, has been awarded a top gold accolade in the scheme – for the seventh year in succession.

And there was an extra honour for Mercia when Professor Bellamy declared it a “Honey Bee Friendly” park as part of his new initiative to help protect the threatened insects.

He praised especially its wildflower hedgerows where high nectar-bearing blooms provide valuable foraging for honey bees as well as butterflies and other pollinators.

The marina’s commitment to running a business based on forward-looking sustainability policies marks it out as a true green champion, said David Bellamy:

Holiday guests enjoy superb marina views from their lodges

Holiday guests enjoy superb marina views from their lodges

“Winning seven golds in as many years is a fantastic achievement for Mercia Marina,” he said.

“The whole team deserves a big pat on the back for all their wonderful and imaginative initiatives to protect the natural environment.

“Well done to you all, and keep up the good work!” David Bellamy declared.

Robert Neff, general manager of Mercia Marina, said everyone was thrilled that the marina had once again received the ultimate gold award:

“We are delighted that the hard work of our staff and volunteers has been recognised once more by Professor David Bellamy, and we would like to thank them for their fantastic efforts.

“Mercia Marina is committed to improving habitats and encouraging wildlife to thrive across the grounds, and this is just one of the reasons that we attract so many visitors,” said Robert.

The inland marina, near the Derbyshire village of Willington, is a major regional tourist attraction which draws more than 800,000 visitors a year.

Work is currently being carried out to develop a new three and four-storey £3m piazza building at the marina which is scheduled for completion in December.

There is more information about Mercia Marina and its holiday lodges at www.merciamarina.co.uk

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