Here at Skiddaw View we know that people visit the Lake District to enjoy the natural environment. As a result we take necessary steps to minimise the long term impact of our operations and also sustain and improve our natural surroundings without imposing upon your holiday experience.
We seek to minimise our consumption of energy by utilising low energy lighting and having lights controlled by movement or light sensors where practical. We provide recycling opportunities on the park for glass, tin, plastic, paper and food waste. We try to use as much bio friendly cleaning products where possible when cleaning.
Over the past few years we have planted over four thousand trees and shrubs around the park, planting new trees and shrubs is an ongoing program. We have various types of planting to encourage wildlife; such as Buddleias to attract butterflies, Holly to encourage small birds and different types of hedgerows such as Beech and Hawthorn to make homes for all kinds of wild life.
We have installed various types of bird boxes around the park as well as bat and owl boxes. Whilst much of the park requires the grass etc to be kept short where possible we do allow grass and hedges to grow as this too encourages local wildlife. Frequent visitors to the park are rabbit’s, hare, frogs, toads, small garden birds like sparrow & chaffinch, sparrow hawk, kestrel & woodpecker.
David Bellamy Conservation Award
David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award
Our conservation efforts have been recognised by the David Bellamy Conservation Award winning gold consecutively since 2006. We continue to work hard to retain this award in future years.
David Bellamy OBE
The David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme is one of the longest running green tourism awards in the UK. The idea of the scheme was first sown when David Bellamy gave a talk to members of the camping, caravanning and holiday home park industry in which he gave the audience members a challenge to be part of the environmental solution and not part of the problem. David was then invited to visit many parks and was amazed at the wide range of work that the most forward-thinking owners were doing for the environment. David was so impressed that a partnership was formed between the Conservation Foundation (the environmental organisation that David co-founded to help businesses get involved in conservation) and the British Holiday & Home Parks Association to set up an award scheme.
The parks that take part in the scheme are all regularly assessed by the scheme’s team of local wildlife experts. The assessors look at the steps parks are taking to:
- Manage their land as a haven for wildlife
- Reduce their use of energy, water and other resources
- Reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce
- Support their local communities
David Bellamy uses the assessors’ reports (and any comments received from members of the public) to make his awards each year. Three levels of excellence can be achieved: Gold, Silver and Bronze.
One of the Red Squirrels spotted here at Skiddaw View.
Skiddaw View Holiday Home Park is proud to announce (after a number of rumoured sightings) we have red squirrels on the park with photographic evidence. Skiddaw View has also consulted with the Red Squirrel Conservation Partnership and after which we have installed a number of nesting boxes and feeding stations in various locations around the park, to encourage the squirrels stay.
How can you help?
We strongly encourage guests to recycle while staying with us, we have facilities for paper, glass, cans and a compost bin where guests can dispose of bio degradable products like teabags, fruit & vegetable peelings.
At Skiddaw View we encourage recycling by offering facilities to recycle: glass, paper, tin, plastic and compost facilities.
By communicating with us electronically you help to reduce the amount of printed materials we produce. Buying locally (including the free range eggs on the park) and travelling via the local bus links helps to reduce effects of travelling in the area.
We also ask that our patrons follow the Countryside Code:
- Be safe, plan ahead and follow any signs
- Leave gates and property as you find them
- Protect plants and animals and take your litter home
- Keep dogs under close control
- Consider other people
Thank you for your understanding regarding these issues. We are continually striving to make improvements in the operation of the park to lessen our impact on the surrounds and generally make the park a haven for wildlife.
We want future generations to enjoy the countryside as we do.