Guests dig deep in pockets to swell charity funds from Windermere holiday park

Nestling near the shores of Windermere, Park Cliffe is a holiday destination popular with nature lovers

CONSERVATION WORK on behalf of ospreys and grey seals are among the causes being supported by a raft of fundraising initiatives at Windermere’s Park Cliffe holiday park.

With the help of its holiday guests, the family-run business has this month handed over almost £1,500 of donations to Cumbria Wildlife Trust and UNICEF’s Ukraine Fund.

The cash was raised through a number of projects, including a hugely popular duck race, and an end-of-season raffle supported by local businesses and park suppliers.

Also swelling the total were donations of over £400 made by Park Cliffe customers when booking their holidays online – an option to which almost all guests agree.

Another £100.00 donation was added by the park swapping postal-sent Christmas cards for electronic versions last December.

Susan Dickson says the park hopes to top this year’s total in 2023

Susan Dickson, who owns Park Cliffe with her husband Derek, said she was very pleased with what everyone had achieved over the last 12 months:

“Many families and couples choose to visit us because of their love of natural beauty, and have always been keen to support causes connected with the countryside and conservation.

“We were initially concerned that the cost-of-living crisis might dent the donations total, but in the end our customers came up trumps again.

“Like us, they feel passionate about the importance of helping preserve Cumbria’s fragile beauty, and are keen to be involved in maintaining its upkeep,” said Susan.

Park Cliffe is a regular winner of the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

It also recently completed a major planting project involving 400 native trees and hedgerows, providing habitats and feeding resources for a wide range of wildlife.

Thanking Park Cliffe for its donation, Cumbria Wildlife Trust’s Marieca Wegener said the gift would make a real difference across a number of key projects needing funding.

They included, she said, the successful nurturing of ospreys at Foulshaw Moss Nature Reserve in Grange, and the protection of the grey seal colony in South Walney.

Bookings for this year are extremely strong, says Susan Dickson, and the park has set itself the goal of beating its previous fundraising record in 2023.

Park Cliffe, near the shores of Windermere, provides luxury holiday homes to rent and own, glamping facilities, and pitches for tents, touring caravans and motorhomes.

There are more details about the park on its website at at