Conservation at Plassey
The Plassey Holiday Park in North Wales is a peaceful haven in an area of outstanding beauty with a wealth of abundant wildlife including owls, wild duck, geese, birds of prey, woodpeckers, bats, Badgers, Stoats and Hedgehogs, which are regular inhabitants within the 250 acres of beautiful Welsh parkland.
Wildlife, Conservation Schemes, and working with local environmental groups
As supporters of the David Bellamy Conservation Awards since 2002 we have been awarded a Gold Award every year for our contribution to the protection of the environment. These special and unique awards are given to parks which can demonstrate policies showing active concern for the environment including the protection of plant & animal habitats, the efficient use of energy and recycling.
We are dedicated to conserving the flora and fauna, providing habitats for the wildlife at Plassey Holiday Park, and will continue to do so into the future.
We work alongside the Wrexham Birdwatchers Association and have over 25 bird boxes around the holiday park, providing nesting feeding areas. The park is always full of colourful flowers which attract many varieties of butterflies, ladybirds and other insects.
We support the works of the RSPB, and during the year we host the RSPB that undertake ‘wildlife safari’ walks through the Plassey parkland, several times a year.
Whilst at Plassey Holiday Park, you are able to take a stroll around the 2 miles of nature trails and observe our butterfly garden & wild flower meadow, spotting many varieties of wild flowers and wildlife along the way. These trails run alongside our cycle pathway for those with bikes, and we also have 5 fishing ponds that are regularly stocked with a mixture of Tench & Carp, and provide a relaxing way to fully enjoy the beauties of our park.
Recent Environmental Projects
• Air Source Heat Pump installed in the indoor swimming pool – taking the latent heat out of the air and inputting the energy into the pool water (energy saving of +70%)
• Changing all lighting throughout the park to low energy bulbs including reception building now using LEDs throughout
• New Welsh castle play park utilising wooden play equipment ensures low carbon footprint & supplier products are procured from sustainable European forestries – products certified with Forest Stewardship Council logo
• Staff use electric buggies to take guests to the pitches – silent and zero emissions
• Solar panels to be fitted to Swimming Pool roof thus offsetting the consumption of electricity with the generation of our own onsite
• Bat boxes and ladybird boxes to be installed throughout park
• Glamping pods with heating for pod & water provided by a ground source heat pumps
Plassey Holiday Park is committed to leading its business in minimising the impact of its activities on the environment.We are constantly looking for ideas to improve our practises and activities in a green way. We are committed to raising awareness of environmental issues with our staff, caravan owners and visitors to the park.
We are dedicated in providing our customers with a holiday of high quality while supporting our local community and preserving our beautiful surroundings for the prosperity and enjoyment of future generations.
Customer satisfaction is our priority therefore we will endeavour to ensure our customers have an enjoyable holiday with us while protecting our natural environment. Following are the measures we adopt for a more sustainable approach:
1. Waste Management ‘Reduce, Reuse, Recycle’
Waste management is the collection, transport, processing or disposal, managing and monitoring of waste materials.
• We have a recycling area on-site for glass (green, brown and clear), cardboard, paper, cans & plastic so the materials from which the items are made can be reprocessed into new products
• Customers staying on our holiday park will find a recycling notice in all of our bin compounds encouraging them to use our main recycle point and to reduce the amount of waste produced
• Staffs reuse scrap paper sheets instead of rubbishing them
• Staffs refill the cleaning bottles of detergents instead of buying new ones
• When we clean our toilet blocks, we keep the almost empty toilet rolls and use them in the staff toilets instead of rubbishing them
2. Energy/Water Conservation
Energy / water conservation refers to efforts made to reduce energy / water consumption by several means including physical action, behavioural change, device, technology, or improved design or process implemented to reduce the usage of energy / water and recycling of waste water.
• We use low energy light bulbs throughout the Holiday Park, Retail Village, Golf Club, Restaurant & Coffee Shop
• All street lights use low energy bulbs
• Our toilet block lights have light detecting devices
• The lighting in toilet cubicles has movement sensors
• All the showers have push buttons to save water
• All toilets operate with economical flushes
• All urinal flushes operate under movement sensors
• All sinks have push taps to avoid running water
• Water butts are installed on all our buildings for use to water our plants.
• Energy efficient pool heating system is in place and other facilities are heated efficiently
• We pump water from our well to use for watering the greens on our Golf Course
3. Thoughtful Purchasing
Operate a thoughtful purchasing by selecting wherever practical, materials and services which are less damaging to the environment and by being thoughtful and mindful of what you’re purchasing, where it comes from, and who’s behind it.
• We ask our customers if they need a carry bag, we don’t give them away if not needed
• Our shops, restaurant & coffee shop buy from local producers and suppliers as much as possible to reduce the carbon footprint (meat, bakery, dairy products)
• We use eco-friendly detergents (floor washing liquid)
• We promote local businesses such as restaurants & pubs in our information room
• We buy in bulk (supply for shop, toilet paper…) so we can refill empty containers, and avoid too many packaging
Road transport is one of the biggest sources of pollution contributing to poor air quality, climate change, congestion and noise disturbance. We actively promote walking and cycling to reduce the impact of transport operations on the environment.
• We employ staffs that live within the local area or live onsite
• We actively encourage our staff to walk around the park
• Electric buggies used on our Holiday Park, with zero omissions & noise
• We provide information about local walking and cycling trails
5. Natural & Cultural Heritage
Natural heritage is the legacy of natural objects and intangible attributes encompassing the countryside and natural environment, including flora and fauna.
Cultural heritage is the legacy of physical artefacts (cultural property) and intangible attributes of a group or society that are inherited from past generations, maintained in the present and bestowed for the benefit of future generations.
• We leave areas of long grass to encourage native species of insects for breeding and their natural habitat
• We maintain our ponds, lakes, as well as shelters, which provide a habitat for insects and mammals
• We leave wood, branches and tree stumps to rot for animals to make their habitat
• We have a large wildflower meadow for plant natural species and wildflowers
• There are number of bird boxes around the park, providing nesting or feeding areas
• We feed birds in the cold winter months
• We minimize the use of chemicals for weed control
• We use locally sourced timber for constructions, local stone & slate and use local tradesman
• Our informative and fun Nature Trail encourages children to understand nature and their habitats
• We invite local schools to use our park for environmental studies
How Can You Help Us?
Water Conservation & Pollution Prevention
• Use chemicals that are formaldehyde free in your RV waste holding tank
• Do not pour oils and fatty liquids down the sink or in waterways
• Conserve water and always use a plug in the sink or bucket at campsites when washing dishes
• Use phosphate free washing detergents (detergents labelled NP)
• Take shorter showers (4 minutes or less)
• Report leaky taps and showers to staff
• Don’t leave the tap running unnecessarily
• Think before you buy – choose products that have less packaging, are made from recycled materials, can be recycled and do not contain harmful chemicals
• Use your own reusable shopping bags and refuse plastic bags
• Reuse containers
• Recycle all glass and plastic bottles, metal tins and paper and cardboard
• Don’t litter and dispose of waste properly
• Only fill the kettle with as much water as you need
• Always dispose of holding tank waste in designated dump points
• Ride a bike, walk or use the local transport to go to the shops and local attractions
• Turn off all lights and power points when you leave the caravan
• Put on a jumper before you turn on the heater
• If you need to use the air conditioner or heater, close all doors and windows and remember to turn off when leaving
Support the Local Community
• Shop at local businesses and buy local produce where possible
• Visit farmers markets, farm shops, village stores, pubs and restaurants
• Learn about the history and culture of the area
• Support local charities and community organisations
• Use public transport, walk or ride when out and about to avoid producing emissions
Protect Flora and Fauna
• Please close all field and farm gates behind you
• When exploring around our area, please be aware of natural habitats for flora and fauna
• Keep dogs on a lead and close control
• Be considerate of other users of the countryside
• Please tidy up fishing lines and don’t live them unattended