Professor David Bellamy has named Coastal Kippford as one of the UK’s greenest places to take a break – and awarded it a special accolade for protecting and enhancing the natural world.
Set in over 25 acres of stunning, hilly and landscaped parkland, Coastal Kippford provides luxury holiday homes for sale and hire, and also has facilities for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents.
Over the past 16 years, owners Robin and Gail Aston have planted hundreds of indigenous trees on the park, creating a natural haven for red squirrels, badgers, red kites, roe deer and other wildlife.
The carefully managed pond is also a focus for many rare species, as well as more common amphibians such as newts and toads.
Robin and Gail’s efforts have yet again won them the David Bellamy Conservation Award, described by Professor Bellamy as the ‘Green Olympics’ for holiday parks.
David Bellamy said he was “absolutely amazed” when he discovered just how much was being done by holiday parks to protect and enhance the environment.
“Many parks like this have created wildlife wonderlands, and I think it’s time they were given deserved recognition for their big commitment,” said Professor Bellamy.
New in 2016 is the lovely ‘Gunnera Walk’, a feeling of being ‘shrunk’ by walking under the huge leaves. For 2017 Robin and Gail are preparing to plant a marvellous wetland ‘field’ of various candelabra primula, iris, houttuynia and gunnera!
Robin and Gail’s future plans for the Park include ongoing tree management to allow more sunlight onto the ground, open up views and allow the mature shrubs to provide more colourful screening between plots.
The park is a member of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association, the park industry’s official body, which is assisting Professor Bellamy with the conservation awards project. Further information is available on David Bellamy Conservation Awards.