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June 25, 2018

“You’re blooming marvellous!” judges tell parks group

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Cumbria’s Holgates Holiday Parks have returned from the North West in Bloom awards with a whole bunch of floral and conservation accolades. Read on to find out why our Holgates and our award winning holiday and caravan parks are “blooming marvellous!”

The Holgates Family Group scooped no fewer than nine top prizes in the annual competition which saw hundreds of businesses and communities take part from across the region.

But there was a tenth fanfare after the glittering ceremony when parks owner Michael Holgate gave special thanks to a member of staff who helped make it all possible.

Kim Hodson-Walker, warden at the group’s Netherbeck Holiday Park, was praised by Michael for her “amazing energy and inspiration” in laying the ground for the awards.

Green-fingered Kim, assisted by other park staff, helped all the parks in the Holgates Family Group gain top gold honours in the North West in Bloom awards.

There was another gold too for the fantastic floral displays at The Royal gastro-pub in the village of Silverdale which is part of our family.

But the judges still hadn’t finished, for they then went on to name the company’s flagship Silverdale Holiday Park as the overall winner in the “Best Caravan Park” category.

And the spotlight continued to beam on Silverdale as it was announced that it had been awarded a discretionary trophy for its outstanding conservation and environmental achievements.

The judges noted the raft of work undertaken at our flagship Silverdale Holiday Park to protect and benefit the natural world.

It includes the planting last year of eight miles of new hedgerows as well as thousands of native trees, and the creation of numerous wildlife habitats in its grounds.

The North West awards are in addition to other accolades won by Holgates for its many green initiatives, including the David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

However, said Michael Holgate, these latest North West accolades have a special significance:

“We were up against literally hundreds of contenders in this competition, and it was wonderful to see Kim and her team take centre stage time after time!” he said.

“Holiday guests often comment on how visually stunning our parks look, not just in spring but also right throughout the year, thanks to Kim’s careful planning. She also gives priority to high nectar-bearing blooms, including wild flowers, which provide valuable foraging for butterflies, honey bees and other pollinators,” added Michael.

The family-run business was started over 65 years ago in 1956 by Frank Holgate, who is remembered in the North West in Bloom Awards – with a special prize for biodiversity.

The Frank W Holgate Memorial Trophy was this year presented to a village community from Garstang, near Preston, which transformed a wasteland into a thriving public garden.

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