Wayside Holiday Park on the North York Moors receives the David Bellamy Conservation Gold Award from the famous Botanist's son Rufus

A North Yorkshire holiday park has won a major award for its work on conservation and encouraging biodiversity.

Wayside Holiday Park received the David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award from the famous Botanist's son, Rufus.

Wayside Holiday Park, near Pickering, was recognised with a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award, which was presented by the famous botanist’s son, Rufus.

Mr Bellamy travelled down from Scotland to see the park and said the team was “worthy recipients” of the prestigious holiday park award.

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“It has been a tremendous pleasure to see at first-hand what has been created and to celebrate the park’s success. It is very impressive. The lakes, water features, gardens, wild flowers, nature trail and bee hotel, all combine to create the prettiest and most relaxing of environments,” he said.

Wayside’s owner, Mark Goodson, described receiving the award as “an immense privilege”.

He added: “It is an endorsement of everything that I, along with my colleague and friend Trevor Jones, have tried to achieve here at Wayside. It’s been a labour of love – hard work at times, but extremely enjoyable.”

Mr Bellamy said the aim of the award, which was set up by his father 25 years ago is to encourage the camping, caravanning and holiday home community to take a real pride in their environment and create a natural setting of which everyone can be proud.

“At Wayside, the care and attention given to every aspect and area of the park is exemplary. Owner Mark Goodson has set the highest of standards, which has encouraged many on the park to create their own little bits of paradise.

“The work this park does for nature helps keep my father’s memory and ethos alive. For that, I am very grateful indeed,” he said.

Mr Goodson said the park, which is in the heart of the North York Moors, has experienced a surge in sales during the past month.

“We tick many boxes for those wanting to get away from it all safely and without any hassle.”