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February 21, 2011 01:01 ET

Eco Warrior Praised as Haven Caravan Park is First in Wales to Win Gold Award

HEMEL HEMPSTEAD, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwire - Feb. 21, 2011) - A Haven flagship resort has become the first holiday park in Wales to receive a highly prestigious gold award for green tourism – thanks to its own eco-warrior Glyn Jones.

Hafan y Mor caravan park near Pwllheli received the honour from the Green Tourism Business Scheme which scrutinized the caravan park according to 150 rigorous criteria.

In his citation, assessor George Watson singled out the "hard work and good ideas" of Green Team leader Glyn Jones as a key factor in the park's success.

He said: "Hafan y Mor progresses from Silver to Gold. This great achievement is due to Glyn's hard work and good ideas, enthusiasm across all the staff, and the large investments made to increase efficiency such as the CHP plant."

The CHP refers to the Combined Heat and Power Plant which is used to produce energy for the swimming pool complex during the day and holiday park's electricity grid at night. The heat produced by the gas-run generator is recovered to heat the swimming pool with savings of about £40,000 a year.

In his report, the assessor also praised the holiday park for adopting a beach, and admired the woodland walk and community garden for guests.

Set within part of a Site of Special Scientific Interest, regular ecological surveys are carried out in the area including bat surveys, monitoring rare heathers and other studies.

Recently the University of Manchester conducted a two week ecological survey at 500-acre Hafan y Mor and the local Wildlife Trust is working on a five year biodiversity plan.

Hafan y Mor's Garden and Environmental Manager Glyn Jones who cycles around the park and commutes to work on public transport to keep his own carbon footprint to a minimum said: "This is great news to receive the gold award – and it's a tribute to the hard work and dedication of our Green Team here at Hafan y Mor."

Mr Jones has been at the holiday park for 12 years since it became a Haven park.

In his report, the GTBS assessor also praised the number of kerbside recycling bins for each owner's caravan at the holiday park as a way of encouraging even more recycling.

Waste issues are further improved through a mobile bin compactor, extensive composting and a Big Hanna - a kitchen waste compostor, and park vehicles have also been converted to use LPG fuel.

Two other Haven holiday parks, Perran Sands in Cornwall and Littlesea in Dorset also hold a Gold GTBS award with 31 Haven Parks achieving either a Bronze or Silver award.

For more information visit www.haven.com or call 0871 230 1900.

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