Touring Park Trethem Mill wins Gold Accolade
Glittering Year sees Cornish Family’s Park Showered in Gold
Trethem Mill Touring Park has taken the top gold accolade in the 2014 Cornwall Tourism Awards, completing a hat-trick of glittering honours won this year by the business.
The Akeroyd family, owners of the top-rated St Just-in-Roseland park, received the overall Camping and Caravanning Park of the Year title at November’s Cornwall Tourism Awards.
It is the eighth occasion in the 13 years of the event that Trethem Mill has taken a Gold award.
The Cornwall Tourism Award is the third golden prize to be scooped this year by the park which is nestled in 12 acres of peaceful Cornish countryside on the Roseland Peninsula.
In spring, Trethem Mill was one of just a handful of caravan and camping parks in the UK chosen to receive the prestigious gold award given out by VisitEngland to its highest rated parks.
The national tourist board says the gold standard can only be achieved if a park demonstrates exceptional quality standards during its annual grading inspection.
Then, in autumn this year, Ian and Jane Akeroyd heard that botanist David Bellamy had once again announced Trethem Mill as a winner of his Conservation Award at its top gold level.
The award spotlights parks making exceptional efforts to protect and enhance the natural world, and Professor Bellamy praised the many wildlife initiatives at Trethem Mill.
They include the building of many animal habitats throughout the park, plus the siting of nesting boxes and the creation of a wildflower meadow with many high pollen-bearing blooms.
Business owners Ian and Jane Akeroyd and their family first moved to Trethem Mill just over two decades ago, and it is today run by three generations of the family.
A raft of improvements made over the years include the construction of luxury shower and wash rooms, all with underfloor heating.
As well as a pick your own herb garden, there is a park shop focussing on local produce, including artisan bread, Cornish sausages and bacon, and beers and ciders brewed in the county.
Jane Akeroyd said that 2014 had been a whirlwind of a year for the park, both in terms of visitor numbers and the awards it has received:
“By far the majority of our guests are now either repeat visitors, or people coming as a result of a recommendation, which helps create a lovely atmosphere on the park,” she said.
“Our latest Cornwall Tourism award is especially pleasing as it judges not just the quality of the park, but also the welcome and hospitality which is shown to holidaymakers.
“The bar has now been set pretty high for next year, but we are determined to carry on simply making Trethem Mill the type of park to which everyone wants to return,” said Jane.
More details about Trethem Mill can be found on its website at www.trethem.com
November 17, 2014
- Park and Site News
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