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Accolades for Oakdown Touring and Holiday Caravan Park

PUBLISHED: 09:22 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 09:22 05 November 2013

Roger Franks with the David Bellamy award at Oakdown

Roger Franks with the David Bellamy award at Oakdown

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The Franks family at Oakdown Touring and Holiday Caravan Park in East Devon has scooped yet more accolades, keeping the park at the top of the industry charts.

Adding to the ever-growing list of achievements, Oakdown has been awarded the Gold accolade for Professor David Bellamy’s Conservation Award for the 17th consecutive year and the 5 Pennant rating from the AA Camping and Caravan Park Scheme – the equivalent of a top star-rated hotel.

Oakdown is one of 900 parks listed in the AA guide with only around 125 achieving the 5 Pennant rating in the UK, just 45 parks achieve 5 Pennants throughout the South West (Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and Somerset) and Oakdown is one of just two AA 5 Pennant rated parks in East Devon.

Senior AA Campsite Inspector Colin Church says: “Oakdown Holiday Park offers all that you would expect from a top 5 Pennant Touring Park — stylish, modern, and exceptionally clean facilities, spacious and well laid out pitches and, most importantly, a friendly welcome. The Franks family have developed over the years into one of the countries very best parks reflecting the dedication and hard work they and their team have put into the park.”

The Franks family are also celebrating their long-term environmental success. Oakdown was the recipient of one of the very first David Bellamy Gold Conservation Awards in 1997 — an accolade it has continued to be awarded every year for the past 17 years.

The Bellamy Awards judge holiday parks on their efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, focusing on how they manage their land as a haven for wildlife, how they reduce their use of energy, water and other resources, how they reduce, reuse and recycle the waste they produce and, finally, how they support their local communities.

Alastair Franks said: “We are all absolutely delighted with our latest awards. It’s great to receive recognition of the hard work that goes into the general running of the park, as well as the additional work we do to achieve our ‘green’ status. All of our staff work incredibly hard and we are very proud of what we do here at Oakdown. These awards give us the motivation and ambition to stay on top of the industry charts and endeavour to be the best.”

One of the park’s earliest environmental initiatives in the 1990s was to install a Victorian Reed bed to naturally drain and dispose of grey water. The most recent efforts include solar photovoltaic panels which produce over 10,000kw of electricity a year and a PIR lighting system in the facilities block which reduces energy use by 90%. Showers and taps are fitted with the most up-to-date water saving technology –a saving which can be passed on to guests and outside, a humble washing line offers an alternative to the modern tumble driers inside.

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