David Bellamy Conservation Award 2011
Mercia Marina was awarded a Gold David Bellamy Conservation Award in October 2011. This was the Marina’s first attempt at attaining the highly sought-after accolade. The Award is granted to British holiday parks for work they have done to protect or enhance the natural environment and wildlife.The scheme, which awards bronze, silver and gold accreditations to holiday parks, was co-founded in 1996 by naturalist and broadcaster Professor David Bellamy in partnership with the British Holiday & Home Parks Association.
The 74-acre South Derbyshire Marina particularly impressed the assessors by the fact it had achieved so much in terms of conservation in just three years of being open. Professor Bellamy said: “Mercia Marina deserves a big pat on the back for what they’ve achieved in such a short time. The park is a wildlife wonderland which is bursting with bio-diversity, and I take my hat off to them.”
Robert Neff, general manager of the marina, said: “Conservation has been a key focus since launching the marina and holiday park. Our aim has been to provide a beautiful and tranquil environment for all our visitors, and perhaps create something of a rarity among leisure destinations of this kind. We are extremely proud that someone such as David Bellamy, who has probably done more for conservation in the last few decades than any other person, has given such a strong endorsement for our efforts. To achieve the highest accolade in this field is fantastic.”