Top green award for family’s wildlife-rich Yorkshire park
BURTON CONSTABLE Holiday Park in the East Riding of Yorkshire has been named as one of the most wildlife-friendly places to stay in Britain.
The park’s commitment to the natural world has won it the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.
The award scheme was founded 25 years ago by botanist David Bellamy who sadly passed away in December 2019.
Assessors for the award said that the park’s Chichester-Constable family, who can trace their ancestry on the land back over 900 years, had proved themselves “true friends of the countryside”.
Located on the edge of Sproatley village near Beverley, the park is set in 300 acres of parkland and provides luxury holiday homes to rent and buy, plus glamping, and touring pitches.
Rodrica Straker, a member of the estate-owning family who manages the park, said the award was a fantastic tribute to the hard working ground team at Burton Constable:
“We’re very fortunate to be able to recruit locally, and to attract people who share our family’s enthusiasm for the natural world and to managing this business sustainably,” she said.
“Their knowledge and skills mean we are never short of new ideas for protecting the abundant wildlife here, and which helps us attract like-minded holiday guests.
“We’re also delighted that the award assessors commented in their report about how we engage with the local community as this has always been very important to us,” added Rodrica.
The park holds events throughout the year which raise money for local good causes, and arranges regular activities such as a scarecrow trails, school visits, and butterfly safaris.
Butterflies and honey bees also helped the park wing its way to the David Bellamy award, thanks to large areas of wild flower plantings which provide vital foraging for pollinators.
Assessors also praised the park’s care of its 30-acre arboretum containing hundreds of indigenous trees and shrubs where many different plant, animal and bird species thrive.
Its two twelve-acre lakes, stocked with a wide variety of fish to challenge angling holidaymakers, also act as magnets for a rich variety of wildlife including dragonflies and water fowl.
The grounds of the park, which were laid out by Capability Brown, are open to holiday guests, and youngsters especially are encouraged to explore and make wildlife discoveries.
The park also received four extra commendations for protecting honey bees, creating new hedgerows, providing woodland habitats, and planting wild flowers.
Not that Burton Constable Holiday Park is any stranger to national accolades, for it has also gained a top five star rating from VisitEngland, and the AA’s maximum five pennants.
The AA’s award followed a “secret shopper” visit by a grading inspector who declared the park to be meeting the organisation’s highest possible standards in all aspects of its facilities and services.
Rodrica Straker said that, like the new conservation award, it was the park’s staff who deserved a major share of the credit for helping to shine the spotlight on Burton Constable.
There is more information about the park, and its accommodation and holiday home owning opportunities, on its website at www.burtonconstableholidaypark.co.uk