Saturday, 25 September 2021

Holiday park wins three national awards

A FAMILY-RUN holiday park has collected three national awards

A FAMILY-RUN holiday park has collected three national awards.

Hurley Riverside Park has been recognised for its efforts to protect the natural environment.

The Burfitt family, who have run the caravan park for almost 50 years, received the David Bellamy Conservation Award.

It is the 16th year in a row they have picked up the award, which was presented by the TV botanist himself.

Prof Bellamy praised the family for planting thousands of native trees, hedging and shrubs which help provide valuable habitats for wildlife.

He also applauded the seeding of wildflowers with high pollen-bearing blooms which attract a wide range of pollinators such as butterflies and honey bees.

There was also recognition for the park’s maintenance of its riverbanks and wildlife lake, which act as a magnet for aquatic species from kingfishers to dragonflies.

The park also received a certificate of excellence from website TripAdvisor.

These are only given to businesses which attract an exceptional number of glowing reviews and maximum satisfaction scores.

The family completed the hat-trick with a top five pennant from the AA following an assessment by an inspector. The park was founded in the early Seventies by Richard and Janet Burfitt who continue to run the business with the help of their two sons, Will and James.

It provides holiday caravans to rent and own, plus pitches for touring caravans, motorhomes and tents, and attracts thousands of visitors from the UK and abroad every year.

Will Burfitt said: “We’ve had a great summer season here at Hurley and these three awards come as the icing on the cake for everyone.

“According to tourist board figures, our guests spend more than £2 million each year in the Thames Valley, mainly with small family businesses.

“That’s why we intend to use these accolades to try to benefit the region as a whole and to put the spotlight on what a great place it is to take a holiday.

“Our staff are delighted at these awards as they play a big part in defining what our park stands for and we’re very grateful to them all.”

The park holds regular fund-raising events for good causes and allows the use of its barn for community groups.

The next event will be Classics in the Barn tomorrow (Saturday), hosted by the Wooden Spoon charity which supports underprivileged children in Berkshire.

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