Park's eco award

PUBLISHED: 16:30 16 October 2008 | UPDATED: 09:48 10 June 2010

Devon Cliffs Holiday Park is to receive special recognition after winning the top accolade in a green award for the fifth year running. The Haven flagship resort at Sandy Bay, near Exmouth, has been awarded its fifth David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award

Devon Cliffs Holiday Park is to receive special recognition after winning the top accolade in a green award for the fifth year running.The Haven flagship resort at Sandy Bay, near Exmouth, has been awarded its fifth David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award for its efforts in promoting wildlife, managing waste, efficient use of resources and fostering community links.The holiday park has been at the forefront of a major green drive by Haven Holidays which has 35 UK holiday centres.Among recent initiatives it has been spending £15,000 on low-flow shower heads in many of the caravans and camper amenity blocks. These cut water consumption by up to 50 per cent.Thousands of pounds have also been spent on fitting low-energy light bulbs and the holiday park has an extensive programme of recycling.But a big focus this year has been reaching out to the community in Littleham with the youth centre twice being invited to try out the facilities and, at the same time, discover more about how the park operates.Among activities they tried were the climbing wall, archery, and water sports. Resort Director Paul Adkins said: "At the peak of season, we have a team of almost 400 on the park in all sorts of jobs and we try to recruit as many as possible locally. We wanted to give some of the young people not only a great day out but also some idea of the sort of work opportunities there are here."The holiday park is full of examples of people who have joined us for a summer season and gone on to get their feet on the ladder of a career in the hospitality industry."Next month the resort is to host a conference of Green Teams from all of Haven's holiday parks in the South West before, for the first time, it will switch off almost completely -- except for security -- for more than 10 weeks during the closed winter period. Unlike in previous years the main administrative and booking office will move to a smaller site office to conserve energy.

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