Devon Holiday Park Celebrates David Bellamy Gold Awards

One of the UK’s Greenest Places to Take a Holiday

A Triple Award Winning Gold Accolade for 2018-19

Professor David Bellamy has named Hazelwood Holiday Park as one of the UK’s greenest places to take a holiday – and has awarded us with another Gold award for the part the park has played in protecting the natural world.

Set in 38 acres of tranquil countryside, nestled in Dawlish Warren’s blue flag beach resort, Hazelwood Holiday Park has long been a proud holder of the David Bellamy Conservation Award which celebrates parks with forward-looking environmental policies.

The independent business, which has been owned by the same family for fifty years, provides a range of holiday homes to rent suiting all budgets from cheerful chalets to superior timber lodges with hot tubs.   You can even join the wildlife by buying a holiday home here at Hazelwood. 

New David Bellamy Wildflower Habitat Badge

Over the past fifty years, owners have been nurturing the indigenous trees and hedges on the park, creating a natural haven for wildlife. This year we have earned a David Bellamy Wildflower Habitat Badge to go with the 5 in 5 badge received last year, which highlights the value of our hedges and the work we’re doing to enhance them for wildlife.

The park’s carefully managed lakes and river are also a focus for many different resident and visiting rare bird species, as well as dragonflies, newts, fish, other aquatic life, and most recently we were excited to announce that endangered water voles have been discovered living by our stream.

Honey Bee Friendly

Another highly successful scheme initiative which continues to gather strength is the honey bee project. Its aim, simply, is to ensure that the park remains a friendly environment for these endangered insects and we are proud to have this recognition of all the hard work we’ve done to help Britain’s bees.  In addition to the hedgerows,  a wildflower area has been created in the grounds sown with high nectar-bearing blooms which provides valuable foraging resources for honey bees and other pollinators.

Conservation in South Devon

Everyone at the park was delighted at the news that they have retained David Bellamy’s Gold award for the second year running.

We have always endeavoured to manage Hazelwood with conservation in mind, and that includes harvesting rainwater for irrigating plants, and stocking locally sourced produce in our park shop.

We feel that Hazelwood Holiday Park has a special appeal to guests seeking a relaxing retreat in a green and tranquil setting, and it’s also a great space for children to come and immerse themselves in the natural environment.

We’ve always felt very privileged to live and work in such a beautiful part of the South Devon coast, and have always tried to ensure that the park is a compliment to these beautiful surroundings.