It’s cause for celebration, as our Clacton-on-Sea holiday park, The Orchards, has won a bronze Green Apple Environment Award. This global award recognises our coastal holiday park’s contribution to environmental conservation.
The holiday park competed against more than 500 other nominations in the Green Apple Awards for Environmental Best Practice – very impressive!
What have they been up to?
Jamie Wicks, Park Ranger, leads a programme called Nature Rockz, which encourages families to get outdoors and get back to nature. Guests can learn about their environment, help local wildlife flourish, and learn a new survival skill or two along the way.
Through his work as a Park Ranger, Jamie has contributed to the community by organising beach cleans in Clacton, creating barn owl boxes with Essex Wildlife Trust, and working with the British Hedgehog Preservation Society.
He’s also worked with guests and holiday home owners to create a wildlife-friendly area constructed completely out of recycled materials, swapped 95% of the lightbulbs on park to energy-efficient and LED bulbs, and has started food banks using leftover stock from the on-site shop, just to name a few.
It’s the team at The Orchards’ goal to work closely with local businesses and communities to achieve a green status and to educate families about the eco-friendly changes they can make to their lives.
What the judges had to say
The Green Apple Awards judges commented: “The Haven holiday site at Clacton has worked closely with the community to build a better understanding of the needs of local wildlife and how simple changes at home can be of benefit. By creating a wildlife area, they have the perfect classroom for their ongoing efforts.”
As a result of their Green Apple Award success, they have been invited to have their winning paper published in The Green Book, the leading international work of reference on environmental best practice, so that others around the world can follow their example and learn from their achievement.
They could also progress to represent their country in the Green World Awards 2019 and have 100 trees planted in their name as part of the United Nations Billion Trees initiative.
The Orchards is no stranger to winning environmental awards. Their other successes include:
- Essex Wildlife Trust Living Landscape Award
- Essex Wildlife Trust Living Sea Award
- David Bellamy Gold Award x2
- David Bellamy Distinction Award
- David Bellamy Hedgerow 5 in 5 Award
- British Beekeepers Association Award (BBKA)
- Green Tourism Silver Badge Award
- Blue Peter Badge