British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

Good Neighbours

Good Neighbours

As many award-winning parks have already shown, every park can work to be a ‘good neighbour’ to its local community by: supporting local people, schools and other institutions; championing local traditions and innovations; helping to keep the countryside economy vibrant, and; supporting local conservation projects and other charities. In many ways this work is at the heart of rural conservation. It all makes good business sense too – it’s much better to be part of the local community and so have them support what you are doing as a ‘sustainable’ business.

When it comes to being a good neighbour the key question is: “Does my park put more in than it takes out?’ There are three main areas where your park can make a significant positive contribution:

  • Minimising the impact that the park itself has on its surrounding countryside and community.
  • Supporting your local economy.
  • Supporting your local community.

Please keep in mind that this kind of work depends on good communication, both with local people and with your staff and guests – all can be a source of good ideas and are vital to the success of any projects you might put in place.

More information:

  • Click here for an in depth article on ‘good neighbours’, complete with examples of what parks are doing.
  • Click here for an update on this issue.
  • Click here for an in in-depth article on corporate social responsibility and why it is so important to today's parks.