Top green honours for couple’s wildlife-rich Exmoor park


EXMOOR’S Waterrow Touring Park has been named as one of the most wildlife-friendly places to stay in Britain by TV botanist David Bellamy.

The family-owned park has scooped a tourism businesses.

On to protect honey bees, and its success in creating new wild flower habitats.

The honours mark a raft of environmental initiatives taken at Waterrow by Lynette and Jamie Cook, who own the park together with Jamie’s parents.

The husband-and-wife team quit their successful careers in IT and custo take on the tranquil picture-postcard park on the fringes of Exmoor.

Butterflies and bees benefit from newly planted wildflower habitats
Butterflies and bees benefit from newly planted wildflower habitats

Since then, their projects have included the creation of a wildflower meadow which provides vital foraging for endangered honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

David Bellamy praised the park’s use of its own timber to build planters and park furniture, and the many bird boxes, feeders, and insect houses installed within the grounds.

The couple’s conservation award also highlights Waterrow’s use of solar energy, and its harnessing of spring water for irrigation, plus the nature discovery trails through its woodland.

Commended too is the park’s support of local community groups, and its imaginative fundraising projects for organisations such as the Dorset and Somerset Air Ambulance.

Lynette said that Waterrow’s triple triumph in the David Bellamy Conservation Awards was a fantastic honour, and that there would be no let-up in the park’s green endeavours:

“We have always tried to safeguard its amazing array of wildlife,” she said.

“Guests love being able to learn more about our conservation work.

“This has been our busiest year so far at the park, and I think that says a lot about people looking for holiday escapes where they can totally switch off from the outside world,” added Lynette.

Waterrow Touring Park is a member of the Best of British group of high quality independently-owned parks, and there is more information on its website at