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Park Cliffe Leads in Sustainable Tourism on Windermere’s Shores

Park Cliffe, once a modest farm-based camping site, has evolved into a 25-acre holiday park known for its commitment to sustainability. Located above the eastern shores of Windermere, the park is acclaimed for its dedication to environmental stewardship and innovative green practices.

Owners Susan and Derek Dickson, who took over Park Cliffe in 2007, have applied their extensive backgrounds in the holiday park industry and electrical engineering to transform the site. Their efforts have positioned the park as a leader in sustainable tourism, focusing on reducing the environmental impact and enhancing the local ecosystem.

The park has garnered multiple awards for its sustainability initiatives, including the Green/Sustainable Business of the Year and the Family Business of the Year at the in-Cumbria Business Awards. 

For the past 16 years, Park Cliffe has also consistently secured the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award, underscoring its long-term commitment to conservation practices, as reported by The Westmorland Gazette.

A significant aspect of Park Cliffe’s sustainability strategy involves a substantial investment in renewable energy. The installation of a 100kw array of 213 solar panels, along with 90kwh of battery storage, enables the park to edge closer to achieving its goal of sourcing 100 percent of its energy from renewable sources. 

These solar panels, installed on part of their camping field, illustrate the park’s proactive approach to energy management.

In addition to energy generation, Park Cliffe has implemented several energy conservation measures. These include the adoption of LED lighting, installation of lighting sensors in bathrooms, and the setup of electric vehicle charging points, all designed to minimize the park’s carbon footprint and encourage sustainable practices among guests.

The enhancement of biodiversity is another key focus at Park Cliffe. Initiatives such as planting a willow hedge and a carpet of wildflowers not only beautify the area but also support local wildlife habitats. 

The planting of over 400 trees as part of the Queen’s Green Canopy Project further contributes to the ecological health of the region, as noted by the award organizers.

Engagement with the community and guests on sustainability issues is facilitated through various channels. The park opened an ethical shop in March last year, banning single-use plastics and promoting environmentally friendly products. This shop is part of a broader effort to encourage sustainable consumer behavior among visitors.

Looking ahead, the Dicksons plan to continue their focus on sustainability. They aim to further reduce the park’s reliance on fossil fuels and expand the range of products offered in the ethical shop. Communication about these plans and other sustainability-related topics is actively shared with guests via social media, the park’s website, and newsletters.

Park Cliffe’s commitment to sustainability is reflective of a growing trend within the tourism industry to prioritize environmental responsibility. As the park continues to lead by example, it serves as a model for other businesses in the sector, demonstrating the viability and benefits of integrating sustainable practices into everyday operations.

Featured image from https://www.parkcliffe.co.uk/gallery/around-park-cliffe/

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FragileFort59
FragileFort59
April 29, 2024 8:08 pm

Isn’t it amazing how Park Cliffe has evolved into a sustainable holiday park? Owners Susan and Derek have truly made it a green oasis. I love that guests can stay in eco-friendly lodges and get involved in conservation activities. How do you think we can further support their preservation efforts?

YaraField
YaraField
April 30, 2024 8:42 am
Reply to  FragileFort59

It’s truly incredible to see how Park Cliffe has transformed into a sustainable holiday park. The progress they’ve made towards eco-friendly practices is inspiring. It’s amazing to witness their dedication to sustainable tourism. Thanks for sharing this exciting information!

Andrew Turner
Andrew Turner
April 29, 2024 11:48 pm
Reply to  FragileFort59

It’s awesome to support by sharing their green mission. Let’s spread the word and join in events to safeguard the stunning Windermere environment together.

Kevin Ward
Kevin Ward
May 12, 2024 4:50 am

Isn’t it cool how Park Cliffe offers eco-friendly stays like camping pods and luxury lodges? The nature trail and wildlife habitats are a real treat too. I think their dedication to sustainability is fantastic! What do you think about Park Cliffe’s efforts in sustainable tourism?

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