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Green park gets a gold!

Green park gets a gold!A long-established residential and holiday park near Truro has been crowned as an environmental champion by conservation king David Bellamy.

The world-famous botanist said that Cosawes Park, in Perranarworthal, owned for over half a century by the Fraser family, is a national role model for sustainable businesses. Professor Bellamy made his comments when he announced that the park had won his prestigious annual gold conservation award

Cosawes’ accolade followed an audit of the park’s environmental policies, and the successful efforts it is making to protect and enhance the natural world.

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Set in 100 acres of countryside, Cosawes provides around 125 park homes, and also offers pitches for holidaymakers with tents, touring caravans and motorhomes.

The large areas of woodland on the park are carefully managed to provide a natural haven for wildlife, including deer, badgers, mink and many other species. Professor Bellamy said that Cosawes is also a magnet for birdlife, encouraged by the park’s siting of nesting boxes including those specially designed for owls and bats. More than 50 common and less familiar bird species have been observed with the help of the park’s residents who regularly report their sightings.

A total of 28 varieties of butterfly and moth have also been audited, attracted by the many types of high pollen-bearing wild flowers which proliferate throughout the park.
Scores of aquatic species, such as damselflies, are additionally drawn to the park’s stretch of the River Kennal, the banks of which are regularly monitored and maintained for wildlife.

Colin Poole, a park manager at Cosawes, said the David Bellamy award was a “fantastic achievement” for which everyone at the park deserved credit. For more information on the park, see: www.cosawes.com.