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Continuing to protect our beautiful environment

19 October 2018:Postcards from the Park

Situated in an idyllic location on the North Cornwall coast, every day we and our guests truly appreciate the beauty of our spectacular surroundings – the golden sands of Mother Ivey’s Bay, the breathtaking views of the Atlantic Ocean and all of the wonderful nature and wildlife.

We also understand that this local beauty is one of the main reasons our guests travel to Cornwall to stay with us. Protecting the natural environment has always therefore been a priority for our family business and for our guests.

Our latest initiative – Beach Clean Board

Emily Stevenson has been touring the country, taking part in BBC and SKY television interviews about her Beach Guardian campaign, to help reduce crisp packet and other plastic pollution in our seas. Emily brought much attention to her campaign by wearing a ‘crisp packet’ dress to her graduation ceremony after completing her Marine Biology Degree at Plymouth University.

This week, Emily returned to Cornwall to help launch a new initiative with us here at Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park. Emily is part of Beach Guardian, a Community Interest Company based in Cornwall, which raises awareness of the effect of plastic pollution on the environment by holding community beach cleans and educational workshops with local schools and businesses.

Over the past few months, Emily and her father Rob, a fellow Beach Guardian, have been working with us on the design of a new Beach Board. It’s now in pride of place at the entrance to our beautiful beach, as shown in the above photo with Emily, Rob, Patrick, (Owner of Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park) and some of the great team at the Park. Emily is delighted, “I love this board”, she says. “It looks great and it has been designed to celebrate the wonderful marine wildlife which can be spotted on the shore, in the air and in the sea. It also includes really important information about how guests staying here can join in and help keep this beautiful beach clean.’’

Patrick is delighted with the board too and says, “It has been a real pleasure to work with Emily and Rob on this Beach Clean Board. The positive energy and enthusiasm they bring to this important environmental issue is vitally important for the sustainable tourism industry in Cornwall.”

Making a difference back in 1997

Patrick and his family have always been environmentally aware. Indeed, over 20 years ago, in 1997, the Langmaid’s consciously designated 5 acres of the 15 acre camping field as a ‘nature reserve’, to enable rare species of flowers and wildlife to thrive. In recognition of their contribution to the wildlife and the environment, Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park has held the top David Bellamy ‘Gold’ Award for conservation continuously since 1999. This is a fantastic achievement!

Always thinking of the environment!

All of the team at Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park help to run our Park in harmony with our glorious surroundings, with the aim of protecting the wonderful nature and wildlife for all to enjoy.  Over the years, we have taken many steps to reduce our carbon footprint, using low energy lighting where possible and, also, sensors for internal lighting. We use battery powered golf buggies for housekeeping and ground maintenance. We also try to reduce our waste to a minimum and we use products with much lower environmental impacts where possible. Encouraging our guests to recycle at our many recycling points is also important to us, as is supporting the local economy by promoting and using local businesses and suppliers.

Goodbye plastic and hello to ‘The Final Straw Cornwall Campaign’

This year, we have made significant changes to our use of plastics and packaging to make even more changes to help the environment, wildlife and marine life. We realise that stopping the use of single-use plastics at source is a major step to promoting the environment. We now no longer use plastic straws in our shop and we are proud to be part of the Final Straw Cornwall Campaign. Our on-site shop sells milk in glass bottles, water in tin cans and we have also sourced bio-degradable carrier bags.

Mother Ivey’s Bay Holiday Park is fully committed to protecting the surrounding nature and wildlife in and around the Park, for all to continue to enjoy. We are sure that next time you visit you will see even more steps we have taken!

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