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 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 touring pitches.

Rodrica Straker, a member of the estate-owning family who manages the park, said the award was a fantastic tribute ton Constable:

There are two magnificent 12-acre lakes to which many bird species are drawn

“We’re very fortunate 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 tors.

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, sto 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 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 Burtop five star rating from VisitEngland, and the AA’s maximum five pennants.

The AA’s award followed a “secret shopper” visit by a grading inspecto 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 ton Constable.

There is more information about the park, and its accommodation and holiday home owning opportunities, on its website at

The grounds of the park were laid out by celebrated landscape architect Capability Brown who was born in 1716