We work to minimise our impact on the local and environment and encourage our guests to do the same.
Today, sustainability and environmentalism have become more important than ever as the scientific consensus strongly indicates human causes are behind climate change. In the tourism industry there is movement towards an increasing number of socially aware consumers who look out for businesses who market themselves as being ‘green’ as we see a growth in Sustainable Tourism. While we welcome this trend at Moss Wood, we have always taken our environmental responsibilities very seriously. Today we are more environmentally friendly than we have ever been – but we are always looking to improve.
Despite today’s consensus however, it was not always clear exactly what was meant to be ‘sustainable’. At Moss Wood we have adopted the definition as laid out by the Brunland Commission of the United Nations in March 1987: “Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs.” This guides us today and forms the headline to our Environmental and Sustainability Policy.
To follow these principles, we work hard to minimise our impact on the local environment. For example, rain water is collected from buildings and used where fresh water isn’t necessary. Water and electricity usage is metered across the site and monitored to enable us to quickly flag up and fix any leaks or other problems causing unnecessary wastage. Recycling bins are used for waste and recycled paper is used in the office.
Landscape work done on site is always done with local wildlife in mind. Trees and hedges are only cut at the times of year least likely to disturb wildlife, and a strip at the bottom of the hedgerows are always left untouched to protect vulnerable habitats. Areas of grass are allowed to grow free with no interference and locally sourced native plant species are planted, all to encourage the growth of natural wildlife.
In 2016, we focused on bumblebees and other pollinators in our planting strategy. With a range of native plants brought in, Moss Wood can now cater for this vital part of the ecosystem from the early to the late season thanks to a natural mix of plants which produce pollen at different times of the year. As part of our sustainability work with pollinators, we monitor the bumblebee population on site with monthly bee surveys which are used as part of a national monitoring scheme run by the Bumblebee Conservation Trust. We were proud to round off the year as finalists in the 2016 Lancashire Tourism Awards in the Sustainable Tourism category, as well as achieving the Gold award for the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme for the 20th consecutive year – with additional recognition for being bee friendly.
2017 has been a bumper year for sustainable tourism at Moss Wood Caravan Park, and we’ve really tried to let our guests get involved! Our good work from previous years continued but with additional focuses on other important areas such as hedging. Our brand new nature trail helps our guests to delve down into the wildlife found all around our park – and the huge 125sq foot interactive display board let everyone add their finds to the public list, with even a red squirrel being spotted and photographed!
We have done our best throughout the year to encourage everyone to get involved with little steps to improve our environment for nature, and many of you have got involved in the RSPB Wild Challenge through us with the most active on the park to be awarded the Wild Trophy at the end of the season in recognition of their services to native wildlife! Events throughout the year have taken place to highlight ways you can have a fantastic time at Moss Wood, enjoy your caravan, and help the environment at the same time. The highlight of the year was the Wild Open Day which was an outstanding success, giving so many of you the chance to see the work we are doing, the work of local conservation groups such as the Wildlife Trust, and learn how to have fun doing more yourselves.
We are delighted that at the time of writing, we have again won a place in the finals of the 2017 Lancashire Tourism Awards for our sustainable tourism efforts. We have also been awarded the Gold award from the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme, this year with an additional special distinction award in recognition of our work! We have also been recognised for our work supporting bumblebees and in promoting healthy hedgerows.
We will be aiming to build on our track record in 2018 with more work to further compliment our local environment. For example, we are converting an area of the park into a small nature reserve, complete with scraps for wading birds. We will also be welcoming a hive of native bees to Moss Wood for the new season through working in partnership with the Lancaster branch of the British Beekeepers Association, improving further the pollination on site and eventually providing us with honey made right here on the park! Keep you eyes peeled for more updates throughout the year…
We always welcome input into our drive towards truly sustainable tourism, so please get in touch with any ideas you think we might try out, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
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