In addition to our lovely guests, there are a few other residents at Holiday Resort Unity that we take care of.
They’re the animals, birds and other wildlife that live here. We’re committed to protecting and preserving the landscape and environment here, and are continually working towards a more sustainable future – and to reduce the impact the resort has on the environment.
We’re delighted to advise that we’re proud holders of a David Bellamy Gold Conservation Award – which recognises our continued commitment to conservation and the environment. And of course we’d love for all our guests and residents to get involved too, by following these simple suggestions below while you’re on holiday with us.
We’d also love to know what wildife you’ve spotted onsite, so please tweet us your pictures @BreanSands.
Good question. Well for starters, we have a ‘Green Team’, made up of resort team members, who discuss and implement ideas to make us more sustainable. So far, these have included the following areas:
Electricity – Wherever possible, we use low energy lightbulbs and keep unnecessary lighting usage around the resort to a minimum. In the amenity blocks, we have motion-activated lights. We now have an electric car for our security team, which is used to patrol the resort at night. It has replaced a petrol vehicle and when you consider that it covers around 80 miles every night, is quite a significant change!
Recycling – Last year we improved our recycling facilities, and provided more recycling points and larger/clearer bins around the resort. These are collected by an approved contractor and taken to a recycling point. We also have our own compost heap and the owners of caravans can contribute to this by using our garden waste bags that we then collect to add to our maturing heap. We also recycle our printer cartridges, paper, glass and cardboard generated within our many departments. Any lost property not claimed after six weeks is donated to local charity shops in Burnham-on-Sea.
Water – You will find push taps in the amenity/toilet blocks which prevent water wastage. Many of our urinal systems are now motion-activated as opposed to running automatically. Our showers are also push button or sensor-activated to save water. You won’t find many baths on our resort and this helps reduce our water consumption. We collect water from the roofs of our storage sheds to re-use on the resort.
Gas – Our hire fleet of caravans have a fall-back temperature which defaults should a guest leave the accommodation for the day and leave the heating on. This is also useful when caravans are not occupied as it drops back to the default temperature should the heating be accidentally left on after cleaning.
Brean Splash Waterpark – While designing the waterpark, we looked at ways to improve its environmental efficiency. We’re really proud of the systems we have in place. We were the first pool complex in the UK to locate an air source heat-recovering system within a ‘thermal store’ inside the building, designed to recover heat before air is expelled, reducing carbon emissions and also reducing running costs. We have also fitted an electric pool cover to reduce the amount of heat loss from the pool water when the building is closed. We are using UV disinfection in addition to chlorine to disinfect the pool as UV is a much more effective way to disinfect and significantly reduces the amount of chlorine needed.
We are proud to have a wide range of wildlife on our resort and actively encourage wildlife to share the resort with us.
We have over 50 different types of bird and bat boxes to allow wildlife to live and develop on areas throughout the resort. We also have ‘wild areas’ which allow natural growth of vegetation and development of wildlife habitats.
We are (extremely) proud to have been awarded a prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award.
The list below is just some of the animals that you can see on site:
The Green Tourism Business Scheme awards businesses who have proven that they care for the local environment and community. There are three levels of the award (gold, silver and bronze). We have achieved silver level having first received bronze in 2008. Following improvements made, we achieved silver in 2010. For more information about Green Tourism please click here.
The David Bellamy Conservation Award is given to holiday parks that demonstrate policies that show active concern for the environment. Assisted by local nature groups and holidaymakers themselves, the award looks at virtually every aspect of park management – from the protection of plant and animal habitats, to the efficient use of energy and recycling. For more information about The David Bellamy Conservation Award please click here.
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