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Mercia Marina has achieved a second gold David Bellamy Conservation Award

Bellamy awards goldA  South Derbyshire holday park and marina has scooped a David Bellamy Gold Award for its conservation efforts for the second consecutive year.
Rufus Bellamy, son of Professor Bellamy and the BH&HPA’s national adviser on conservation and environmental management, said: ‘I’m happy to say that Mercia Marina has definitely moved further up the gold ladder and has consolidated its position.’

The BH&HPA assessors analyse everything from the toilet flush systems to the wildlife management to arrive as their award level.

Mercia Marina’s achievement is even more special given that it opened only as recently as 2008. Since that time, a six-figure sum has been spent on landscaping and conservation projects, such as tree planting and the creation of specific wildlife habitats including a butterfly drift.

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Staff, boaters and local nature enthusiasts are also voluntarily involved in the marina’s Wildlife Committee, which was set up last year to co-ordinate on-going conservation plans on the 74-acre marina site and the nearby Trent & Mersey Canal network.
Robert Neff, general manager of Mercia Marina, said, ‘We’ve come an awfully long way in the few years we’ve been operating, so it’s fantastic to be recognised in this way.

‘The spirit of the David Bellamy award scheme exactly mirrors our own philosophy about protecting and enhancing our wonderful environment. It also gives a huge stamp of approval to the marina staff and army of volunteers who have worked so hard to achieve these results.’

The assessment report issued by the BH&HPA praised the marina for recognising the need to nurture good relations with the local community, as well as supporting local jobs and promoting the use of locally sourced products. It was also impressed by the fact that a wide range of habitats were maintained with wildlife in mind. Mercia Marina was last year rated a four-star holiday park by Quality in Tourism, the assessment arm of Visit England, following the addition of luxury holiday lodges on the site.  

For more information about Mercia Marina, call 01283 703332, E: robert@merciamarina.co.uk or see www.merciamarina.co.uk