MP congratulates nature-loving Lincs park and residents

Green champions: park directold Sir Edward Leigh MP how residents played their part

RESIDENTS and the family owners of The Elms retirement park in Lincolnshire won their MP’s vote of confidence this month for helping to protect the natural world.

Sir Edward Leigh MP visited the park top gold level.

Sir Edward, who represents the Gainsborough constituency, tor Tracey Coulson that wildlife and conservation were subjects in which he takes a keen interest.

For that reason, he said, being able to discover more about what has been achieved was an opportunity he very much welcomed.

David Bellamy said honey bees and butterflies had a true friend in The Elms

Announcing his award, David Bellamy said that The Elms had created “a wildlife wonderland” in its 65-acre grounds, and fully deserved the scheme’s highest honour.

According to be shared with those who live in the 340 park homes at The Elms:

“We are given the most fantastic support from residents for our conservation work, and many make their own important contributions to what we do,” she said.

“From harvesting rainfall in butts for watering plants to putting up bird boxes and feeding stations in their gardens, it all has a positive impact on the environment.

“Many say they chose to have such an amazing green team working with us!” added Tracey.

Owned by the Kinch family’s for over 35 years, The Elms was selected for the gold award following an in-depth audit by David Bellamy’s wildlife assessors

Among the many highlights mentioned were the large areas of wild flower plantings which provide vital foraging for endangered honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators

Recently, the park installed three beehives of its own and is learning from a professional beekeeper how to care for them in a natural, chemical-free way.

Honey is occasionally harvested and sold on the park, and the money raised goes to fund their minibus.

Professor Bellamy also praised the park’s installation of bird, owl and bat boxes throughout the grounds, plus the “bug hotels” which provide habitats for beneficial insects.

David Bellamy said that The Elms had also proved itself a good neighbour to the surrounding area, supporting many local charities, good causes and nearby schools.

As well as his main accolade, the park also received three extra commendations for protecting honey bees, taking care of its hedgerows, and creating new woodland habitats.

Tracey Coulson said that everyone at The Elms was thrilled to know that their wildlife and conservation efforts were being supported by Britain’s best-known conservationist.

She added that the family was delighted that Sir Edward had taken time out discover more about the park’s policies to offer his congratulations.

There is more information about the park on its website at

Acres of parkland and the gardens of residents at The Elms provide a safe haven for a myriad of wildlife