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David Bellamy awards gold for marina’s green credentials

David Bellamy awards gold for marina’s green credentialsCelebrity conservationist David Bellamy has hailed Mercia Marina ‘a champion of all things green’ following a recent assessment of the South Derbyshire beauty spot. The high praise was given by the naturalist after assessors for the David Bellamy Conservation Award scheme handed Mercia Marina a gold award for the third year running. David Bellamy Conservation Awards are granted to British holiday parks for work they have done to protect or enhance the natural environment and wildlife. The marina has qualified to apply to the scheme since it launched its luxury holiday lodges three years ago. In a letter congratulating Mercia Marina on its achievement, Prof. Bellamy wrote: ‘You should be very proud of the work you have done to help Britain’s wildlife – which, unfortunately, needs all the help it can get at the moment.

‘I hope that the award provides you with an effective way to let everyone know that you are a champion of all things green and that it encourages you to strive to do even more for the natural world in the future.’

He added that he was particularly impressed by the marina’s efforts to improve biodiversity on the 74-acre site, its systems for detecting any water leaks and the fact it had set up an enthusiastic committee of wildlife volunteers.

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The awards scheme, which gives bronze, silver and gold accreditations, was co-founded in 1996 by naturalist and broadcaster Professor David Bellamy in partnership with the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA), of which Prof. Bellamy is President. The BH&HPA assessors analyse everything from the toilet flush systems to the wildlife management to arrive at their award level. Mercia Marina 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.

Robert Neff, general manager of Mercia Marina, said, ‘We’re once again delighted to have received such high praise – and a gold award for the third year in a row.

‘The hard work we put in towards protecting and enhancing our wildlife and natural environment is a never ending task; but it’s a hugely rewarding one as well, because the benefits are right there in front of you. It’s also a great honour to receive such high praise from David Bellamy personally.’

For more information about Mercia Marina, please visit www.merciamarinalodges.co.uk