With the assistance of the team at the Forest of Bowland AONB,we were among the first in the north west to receive a Silver award (finally achieving GOLD in 2015!) though the Green Tourism Business Scheme. Our commitment to sustainability is defined through our environmental policy, as summarised here.
We were proud of our achievement in gaining a Gold award in the David Bellamy Conservation Scheme and delighted with the comments of Professor Bellamy who said,
‘I take my hat off to you – you epitomise a really green park and are an important addition to the scheme’.
We have many ‘green initiatives’. These Include:
Recycling as much of our waste as possible and encouraging our customers to do likewise. On site bins are available for paper, card, glass, cans and batteries.
We have a well stocked library of recycled books, videos, DVDs and jigsaws. These are available for all our customers to borrow in return for a small donation to one of our selected charities.
Wildlife abounds at Parkfoot – birds, squirrels, foxes, deer, bats… We’ve seen grebe and heron on the river and deer in the park.
There are many natural spaces for you to enjoy at Parkfoot – beside the river and streams, the meadows and in the woodland areas. In 2012 we purchased additional land which has been left as a ‘wild field’ and it has been fascinating to note how the wild flowers are returning to this land which was previously grazed by sheep. In November 2012 Ingleton cubs and scouts planted 400 trees to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee: hawthorn and hazel for a hedge, rowan, birch and oak within the field.
We have started an audit of the wild flowers – in one hour alone on the 4th August 2013 we found 29 different species on the riverside walk. This July we noted wild orchids in our ‘wild field’ and next year we shall carry out our audit though the year to find the plants not noted last year.
We are very fortunate that our low lighting level at Parkfoot allows enthusiasts on the Park to pursue their hobby.
How our customers can make a difference…… please take time to read our Responsible Visitor Charter