We Aim to Sustain and Protect our Beautiful Natural Evironment
Hazelwood Holiday Park is proud to be a David Bellamy Gold Award winning holiday park and we strive to encourage wildlife by creating the best habitats and inspire visitors to protect their environment. We also endeavour to source products locally to reduce our carbon footprint and use sustainable products.
Hazelwood Holiday Park’s New Wildflower Conservation Areas
Wildflower meadows are one of the rarest habitats in the UK. Believe it or not losing wildflowers has a real impact on the food we eat. They provide shelter and food for important pollinators including bees, of which there are over 250 species in the UK, playing a vital part in supporting the ecosystem. If wildflower meadows disappear then so do pollinators and other insects and animals that eat insects such as birds, bats and hedgehogs. The population of bees is declining in the UK, making the diverse habitat of wildflower meadows which are ideal for bees more important than ever. Within our 38 acres of woodland fringed landscaped parkland and lakes we have sown wildflower seeds are letting some areas grow naturally. We will be putting up new signage around the park, showing you which parts we have dedicated as conservation areas.
Recycling and Green Energy
At Hazelwood Holiday Park our waste is removed and sorted. Everything that can be recycled is recycled. We try to save as much energy and resources as possible which also makes good business sense. Our outdoor swimming pool is heated by solar panels and you may notice that your accommodation is fitted with energy saving light bulbs. We also use very little water as the plants and flowering bushes around the grounds are of hardy varieties. During your stay please be aware of how much water and electricity you use – why not stop the tap running while you brush your teeth? Every little bit counts. In our Laundrette you will see signage with tips on how to use the machines in an eco-friendly manner.
Wild Birds at Hazelwood Holiday Park
We are lucky to have woodland fringed lakes and a stream meandering through the lush green parkland estate here at Hazelwood Holiday Park, creating a tranquil and spacious environment in which to relax . Our proximity to sea and the Exe Estuary attract many species of birds to our park, some of which are rare, but all of which are wild and choose to visit, or live, here. We have even spotted a Kingfisher. We politely request that you please refrain from feeding the wildlife. More information on how to identify British birds can be found at www.rspb.org.uk but here is a quick guide: Kingfisher The Mallard Duck The Mute Swan Canada Goose Moorhen Grey Heron Little Egret Oystercatcher
Water Voles along our Riverbank
We are delighted that the Environment Agency has found evidence of Water Voles at Hazelwood Holiday Park. Water Voles are now absent from most of Great Britain so this really is great news. With this news comes the great responsibility of looking after these protected little mammals and so we follow the Environment Agency’s advice, for example not cutting back the growth of vegetation along the sides of the river banks until after the breeding season.
Our Park Manager John and staff member Jean-Luc were invited to take part in this year’s tree planting and woodland conservation day #standupfortrees. We use office paper that is recommended by The Woodland Trust and were part of a working party that planted hazelwood trees (a great co-incidence) to sustain a wood on Dartmoor. Hard work but a great day out.
Rabbits in Dawlish Warren
In Roman times rabbits were farmed on the land behind the beach and that is why Dawlish Warren got its name. You are more than likely to see some wild rabbits and cute bunnies hopping along through the grassy verges here at Hazelwood Holiday Park.
Re-usable Coffee Cups
As we said earlier in this post “Every Little Bit Counts” and we are mindful that having had a lovely take-away coffee machine installed in our Onsite Central Convenience Store , it would be great to give our eco-friendly guests the option to purchase a re-usable drinks cup ( which also happens to make a both useful, and arguably beautiful, souvenir). This is part of our pledge to Dawlish Against Plastic (which is part of Surfers Against Sewage) to reduce our plastic waste. Look out for the reusable mugs in our on-site shop – coming soon!
Our David Bellamy Conservation Awards
Professor David Bellamy deems Hazelwood Holiday park to be one of the greenest places to stay on holiday. Every year Hazelwood Holiday Park is assessed by the David Bellamy Award scheme wildlife experts. This award scheme is one of the longest running green award schemes in the UK and we are proud to have qualified for triple awards, including the top Gold Award, for our efforts in protecting the natural world around us. If you would like to know more about these accolades you can read all about our Conservation, Wildflower and Bee-friendly Awards here in our previous blog post.
Spending Time in Nature is Good for the Soul
Albert Einstein once said “Look deep into nature and then you will understand everything better”. That’s just one of many reasons why people should take a while to enjoy a moment in the great outdoors. There are proven scientific benefits to breathing in the fresh air and walking in parks, in fact, a recent study published in the Journal of Positive Psychology revealed the overwhelming importance of nature to mental health. Research shows that even brief moments appreciating the natural world can lead to better moods and a general sense of connection to other people, to nature and to life as a whole. Science has shown that proximity to nature makes people calmer and happier. Here at Hazelwood Holiday Park, we continue to enhance our acres of lush green space to create a relaxing retreat which is a perfectly located base for those guests who enjoy the outdoor delights of nearby Dartmoor National Park, the South West Coast Path, Haldon Forest, Warren Nature Reserve, Dawlish Countryside Park, the Exe Estuary cycle route and our miles of golden sands at Dawlish Warren blue flag beach. To book your get-away phone 01626 865005 between 9am and 7pm or it’s easy to book online day or night. We look forward to welcoming you for a relaxing and enjoyable break.