Gold Conservation Award for Briarfields

We absolutely love doing this stuff…….

 

We joined the David Bellamy Conservation Awards Scheme in 2015 as this is something really close to our hearts. We were absolutely over the moon with our first assessment granting us a Gold accolade. We have always been passionate about developing Briarfields in such a way that enhances our environment – this benefits each and everyone of us in the long term.

Find out what our David Bellamy Conservation assessment has to say about us.

Fully Electric Park Maintenance Tool Kit

We are very pleased to announce that our park maintenance tool kit is now fully electric (hand mower, ride on mower, hedge trimmer, strimmer, chainsaw and leaf blower). This has huge benefits for our guests and the environment. For our guests there is a huge reduction in noise levels around the park and no emissions whatsoever. Gone are the days of high pitched screaming noises from  the engines on chainsaws, blowers and strimmer’s etc. From the mowers all you’ll get is the noise from the blades and the smell of freshly cut grass. We mainly charge the equipment through the night when the majority of our electricity is being produced by wind turbines and nuclear, equalling low carbon.

Fully Electric Park Maintenance Tool Kit

Fully Electric Park Maintenance Tool Kit

New Electric Ride on Mower

New Electric Ride on Mower

Quiet and zero fumes is the way forwards

Quiet and zero fumes is the way forwards

Native Hedging

Hornbeam (Carpinus betulus) hedge plants are native to the uk, have mid-green foliage with deep veins and distinctive serrated edges. Turning coppery-brown in autumn, the leaves hold on to bare branches throughout the winter providing some year-round cover and colour. Catkins appear in late spring which develop into small fruits, feeding hungry birds.

Pitch boundaries are native hornbeam

Pitch boundaries are native hornbeam

Allow wildlife to move freely around the park

Allow wildlife to move freely around the park

Sheltered pitches and natural windbreaks

Sheltered pitches and natural windbreaks

Garden Birds

We’re really trying to encourage a wide variety of birds to the park by increasing our bird tables, bird feeders and water stations each year. A recent guest of ours is a budding photographer and has kindly let me share some of her images of birds seen on the park during her stay with us. Thank you so much Caroline for letting us share your gorgeous photo’s.

Robins, Blue Tits, Blackbird, Goldfinch, Great Tits, Chaffinch to highlight a few…

  • Extensive planting of native shrubs and hedges (hornbeem and beech hedging are our favourites) each year
  • Additional bird feeders, bird tables are added each year to keep the birds coming back
  • Recycle as much as possible and encourage our guests to do the same....5 recycling points can be found around the site
  • We review all our policies and contracts each year to ensure we are utilising local suppliers wherever possible
  • Low energy, solar sensor controlled lights, push taps wherever possible
  • Actively promote local businesses on all our noticeboards and displays
  • Excess fruit is given to Womans Insitute to make jams/chutneys for sale in support of local charities
  • Harvest rainfall for watering flowers beds and hedges etc
  • Distribute dead wood in all our boarders to provide homes to our flourishing insect community
  • Tree prunings are chipped and used as mulch on all borders and flower beds to discourage weeds and reduce chemical use
  • Grass cuttings are mulched back into the grass to fertislise rather than using chemicals
  • Local cotswold stone chippings are used to repair hard-standing pitches
  • Sewing of wild flower seeds along the banks surrounding our little orchard
  • Planting of native fruit trees in our little orchard area - the bee's love the blossom
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