Conservation at Poston Mill Park
As a family business we feel fortunate that our business, Poston Mill park, is nestled in the Golden Valley of Herefordshire , a very rural county. The business impact on our neighbours is minimal with careful planting of hedgerows, woodland areas, green caravan Holiday Homes, low level and motion sensor lights. The Beech hedges at the Park entrance take on some beautiful hues from spring through Autumn and back to spring again and with the park open all year for caravans and motor homes you get to enjoy the colour display whenever you visit. We are proud to continue being a Gold David Bellamy award winners
For the fishermen we have the River Dore running alongside park, part of which is straight where it was re routed for the Golden Valley Railway line in the late 19th century. Some areas which were once the river bed still lie damp and are managed by us to provide for wildlife and are fenced to protect them. By clicking on here you can download pictures of birds, butterflies, trees and shrubs which can be found around the park, why not take a stroll and see how many you can find. If you have younger family members with you ask in reception for our treasure trails which make the walk even more fun.
When changes on park are essential we always incorporate careful planting of shrubs and trees both adding privacy for customers and habitat for wildlife, our latest plantings have included wild flower areas in unused areas of the Pitch & Putt and the dog walking/football field. This year for the first time we had poppies and with careful mowing and harrowing we hope these will develop further during the coming years. A visit to us around July/ August would enable you to see them first hand, if not then watch out for our ‘Facebook’ posts.
The facilities on park help reduce our carbon footprint with good insulation, thermostatically controlled heating, temperature restrictions and push top taps. Rain fall is managed with good drainage to reduce the risk of flooding and water butts for recycling where appropriate.
The large open spaces we have around the park of course need mowing and this along with garden waste is carefully composted and masked from general view, but this quiet environment created an exciting feeding ground of grubs and flies for our bird families. All our customers are encouraged to be a part of our Conservation and along with bird feeders and nesting boxes they are kept up to date with where new dipper and bat boxes have been located through notice boards around the park. This along with walking pets on leads offers further protection to the wildlife and gives an opportunity for many to watch nature which is often not available in their own urban surroundings.
When you visit the park please feel free to take pictures of any animals or scenery you find and if you would like to share them with us that would be fantastic. We regularly have the local schools doing survey’s of water voles along the river bank and other projects involving habitats. A hedgehog count has been carried out in different areas by Hereford Nature Trust which is also the body who mark us for our David Bellamy awards. The awards also take into account our use of electric buggies and bikes, use of local staff and contractors and The Shop at Poston selling local produce and crafts.
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