Cumbria holiday park supports local nature reserve

Couple with a dog enjoying the countryside

One of the best things about going on a caravan or motorhome holiday is the chance to enjoy nature and the great outdoors.

With this in mind, a holiday park in Cumbria has made considerable efforts to ensure it’s giving back to the local ecosystem.

Windermere’s Park Cliffe Holiday Park has raised nearly £3,000 over three years to support Barkbooth Lot Nature Reserve in nearby Crosthwaite.

The nature reserve is popular with visitors to the holiday park and will once again be carpeted with bluebells and primroses as the seasons change.

It’s home to the rare high brown fritillary butterfly, as well as other charming species, such as dragonflies.

Susan Dickson, co-owner of Park Cliffe, said: “For many years we have asked our guests to make a voluntary donation to local environmental good causes when they book their holidays online.

“Almost every guest does so, which I think underlines the affection they have for this area, and their concern to be involved in maintaining its upkeep.”

She added that the amount raised is bolstered by a number of events run at the holiday park each year, including treasure hunts, raffles and quizzes.

Last year, such fundraising events were limited due to lockdowns and other restrictions, but Park Cliffe still managed to donate £400 to the nature reserve.

With a record number of advanced bookings in the diary for 2022, Ms Dickson hopes Barkbooth Lot will receive a windfall this year.

The holiday park is home to a number of initiatives to protect native flora and fauna, and holds a David Bellamy Conservation Award.

Some 400 trees and hedgerows have been planted on the site as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy scheme to mark the monarch’s platinum jubilee.

Park Cliffe has pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents, as well as luxury holiday homes and glamping accommodation for those keen to enjoy nature.