Play Your Part
If you choose to stay on a park that has a David Bellamy Conservation Award then you’ve taken an important step to having a more environmentally friendly holiday. But there are loads of other things you can do to make your break on an award-winning park really green. So when you set off on your next trip, why not try these top ten eco-travel tips?
1. Go Green
The greenest way to get to your park is by public transport (or bicycle if you are really fit!). So ask your park for advice on how to arrive by train or bus. Of course, if you’re towing a caravan then you’ll have to drive, so see below for more advice.
To get more information on green transport click here
2. Drive Green
You probably know the green driving drill by now: avoid hard acceleration, keep your speed down, make sure your car is properly serviced, check your tyre pressure and, most importantly, only make the car trips you need to make.
To find out more about greener driving click here
3. Turn it off
Water is a valuable resource, so please help your park to save water by using taps and showers sensibly and remembering to turn them off. You can save up to 5 litres of water per minute by simply turning the tap off when you brush your teeth. If you use the park laundrette, then try and wait until you’ve got a full wash to do.
For more information on how to save water click here
4. Switch it off
All parks in the award scheme are committed to saving energy, so help them by turning off the lights in your caravan or lodge and by using any heating equipment sensibly. Gas-powered patio heaters have been shown to be big energy users, so please put on a jumper or coat instead of switching them on!
For more energy saving advice, click here.
5. Recycle it!
Most of us recycle at home now, so why not do the same on holiday? You should find that recycling is easy if you stay at an award-winning park, so please use whatever system has been set up. Remember that it is important to separate your waste properly, so check what’s meant to go in each recycling bin.
For more recycling advice, click here.
6. Eat Local
Eating local food while you’re on holiday is a great way to get a true flavour of the bit of the UK you’re visiting. It’s also a great way to support the local rural economy and to cut down on the environmental impact of transporting your food from ‘field to fork’. Your park should stock locally produce food and should also be able to point you to the nearest farmers’ market, pub or restaurant that sells it.
For more advice on eating local, click here.
7. Have a great green time
A holiday is a great time to get out and explore the countryside and award-winning parks are located in some of the loveliest spots in Britain. As part of your break, why not visit any local nature reserves to really immerse yourself in the best of nature. When you venture out please leave the car behind and use feet, bikes or public transport to get around. Remember to use the Countryside Code at all times – leave only footsteps and take only photographs!
For more advice on enjoying the countryside, click here
8. Feed the birds
There is a lot you can do to help wildlife on whichever park you visit. You can start by feeding the birds, keeping your dog under control (and pooper-scooped) and keeping your cat belled and in at night. Keep an eye out for the wildlife you see on site and let your park owner know what you see. Many award-winning parks have wildlife trails or run wildlife watching walks – so why not give them a go?
For more advice on helping birds, click here.
9. Be a green consumer
When you are shopping at the park shop, or out on your travels, keep a look out for green products such as organic and fair-trade food, free-range eggs and other ‘livestock-friendly’ food, recycled paper products and low-energy light bulbs. Your park should stock some of these, so ask them what they’ve got. And remember to use a good tough shopping bag, rather than the throwaway plastic variety.
To find out more about how to be a green consumer click here
10. Support the countryside
By choosing a holiday on an award-winning park, you’ve shown that you are a friend of the countryside. There is a lot more you can do. Find out if your park supports any local conservation projects; lend your support too. Find out if there is anything practical you can do to help – many parks run conservation activity sessions (or even holidays) where you can try your hand at country crafts such as hedge laying. So why not lend a hand?
To find out more about how you can support the countryside, click here