Fife park creates a real buzz in green awards

Local residents teamed with holidaymakers in September for Elie Holiday Park's Wildlife Action Day
Local residents teamed with holidaymakers in September for Elie Holiday Park’s Wildlife Action Day

Honey bees and butterflies have helped a popular SE Scotland holiday park tory in a national environmental awards scheme.

Elie Holiday Park, just outside the seaside resort of Elie in Fife, has been declared a winner in the annual David Bellamy Conservation Awards scheme.

Professor Bellamy presented his prestigious accolade to safeguard wildlife and protect the natural environment.

David Bellamy also went on to help protect the threatened insects.

This status, he said, was thoroughly deserved thanks to the large number of high nectar-bearing flowers maintained at Elie Holiday Park, providing valuable foraging for bees and butterflies.

Elie Holiday Park in Fife, Scotland (above) is part of the Abbeyford Leisure group celebrated by The Sun
Elie Holiday Park sits alongside lovely Shell Beach on the Fife coast

Located on Shell Bay, the park provides luxury holiday homes torhomes.

Tucked behind a wide expanse of dunes, it offers easy access toric harbour, and the nearby SSSI Ruddons Point – a haven for birdwatchers.

Owned by Abbeyford Leisure for over 30 years, the park attracts thousands of visito local people in the area.

They are welcome to a wide variety of wildlife including red squirrels and many different bird species.

David Bellamy praised the extensive planting of many native trees and shrubs at Elie Holiday Park which, he said, provide important animal habitats and food resources.

Also commended was the park’s Wildlife Action Day in September which it hosted in partnership with the Fife Coast & Countryside Trust, Fife Nature, Fife Council and Butterfly Conservation Scotland.

Locally-sourced food is a feature both in Elie’s restaurant and park shop, and David Bellamy said the business also set a fine example of community engagement.

As well as sponsoring the local football team and collaborating with local businesses, it supports good causes and works closely with various Scottish nature and marine conservation bodies.

Peter Davies, sales and marketing manager for Abbeyford Leisure, said the park always aimed to give nature the same VIP treatment that guests receive:

“We are always mindful of the fact that a major part of Fife’s appeal is the fantastic natural scenery and incredible wildlife which people come to enjoy,” said Peter.

“We feel privileged to protect the surrounding countryside and its flora and fauna for everyone’s benefit.

“It’s a task in which all of our employees play a part in different ways, from helping to recycle.

“This latest David Bellamy award is a tribute to know our work is winning the backing of Britain’s best-known botanist!” added Peter.

Also receiving David Bellamy’s conservation accolade in this year’s awards were Abbeyford Leisure’s St Andrews Holiday Park and St Monans Holiday Park in the East Neuk of Fife.

There is more information about Elie Holiday Park, and the five other Scottish and Welsh parks owned by Abbeyford Leisure, at