British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

Devon Cliffs

Devon Cliffs

Being a good neighbour can mean many things, but one park that has really reached out to its surrounding community is Devon Cliffs, near Littleham in Devon. Littleham is one of the more deprived communities in the region and one of the parks managers, John Ball, met with the local police, social services, youth clubs and Community Action Group to see if the park could do anything to help.

Together they initiated the ‘Clean up Littleham Campaign’ whereby teams (John and staff from Devon Cliffs and members of the youth clubs) went through the village and cleared gardens of rubbish (including sofas, fridges, etc.) and tidied and sorted the gardens.

Following this, the local young people have been given the incentive of attending the youth clubs for a certain number of weeks in order to receive a free day’s use of the amenities at Devon Cliffs. John’s involvement as a key player in this scheme had several motivations, among which were: To clean up Littleham, which is the first impression visitors get of the area before they arrive at Devon Cliffs; To create long-term relationships with the young people immediately adjacent to the park with a view to nurturing a future pool of employees; To foster good relations with the local community and thereby play a part in reducing anti-social behaviour.

Although it is early days, this initiative could have a profoundly positive effect on the local young people. It has already helped promote understanding and appreciation of the natural assets of the local area.