STAFF at a popular Brean holiday resort are celebrating after winning a prestigious award.

Holiday Resort Unity took home a gold award in this year’s British Home and Holiday Parks Association’s David Bellamy Conservation Awards.

The park in Coast Road also received the kitemark habitat badges as a Honey Bee Friendly Holiday Park and Woodlands Badge.

Alan House, director of Holiday Resort Unity, said “It may sound repetitive now, but we really are delighted to continue winning these top accolades for the resort’s overall commitment to conservation.

“As you can imagine, with so many people on site every day there is a real skill in maintaining this, and Mick and his team work tirelessly throughout the year to make sure we are always striking the balance, so nothing we do is at the detriment of local wildlife and our environment.

“With the resort facilities continuing to expand, our ‘Green Team’ have been key in our planning and we are thrilled that it is continuing to reap the rewards.”

The resort, which houses Brean Golf Club, Brean Country Club, Brean Leisure Park, Brean Play and Brean Splash, has been working on an ongoing conservation plan across its facilities for the last four years which was headed up head gardener Mick Rayner .

This has included developing the Secret Wood which attracts a wide range of wildlife tracked by motion sensor cameras set up in hidden locations throughout the area.

The area is also used for forest school type events throughout the year and is open to guests of the resort, local schools and organisations and the general public.

A wildlife themed geocache trail was also launched this year and large areas of wildflower meadow have been created across the resort, which saw it gain its kitemark Wildflower Badge at last year’s awards.

Mick Rayner, head gardener at the resort, said “It has been great opening up the resort this year to showcase the work that has been done.

“In the past year we have become involved with several organisations, including Somerset Wildlife Trust, Somerset’s Brilliant Coast, Burnham & Berrow Conservation Group, Berrow Pre-School, 1st Huntspill Scouts and Burnham Brownies. If any other local schools, groups or organisations are interested, then please get in touch”