Our B Corp certification.
A UK first in sustainable holidays.
Holidays that make everything better.
We're proud to be the UK's first B Corp holiday park group.
When Lovat Parks was founded in 2018, we knew one thing: this couldn’t be business as usual.
The challenge for us all in the 21st century is to find ways of living, working and holidaying that take the pressure off our one planet. Businesses have to do their bit.
83% of us believe that sustainable travel is vital, with over six in 10 wanting to become more eco-conscious in their holidaying behaviour as a result of the pandemic. We want to be part of this positive change in the travel sector.
So, by becoming a B Corp, we’ve joined a movement of organisations that are determined to become an eco-friendly force for good.
B Corp Certification is a rigorous acknowledgement of our performance, accountability and transparency covering a range of factors; an independently-verified symbol of our high social and environmental commitment.
We’re so proud to be playing a part in making B Corp travel in the UK a reality — but our work doesn’t stop now.
A few of our awards…
We’re unbelievably proud to have the awards, certifications and acknowledgements to prove our commitment to being a forward-thinking, sustainable holiday park group. Whether it’s because of our conservation efforts or the commitment to our amazing team members and their career development, just a few of the most recent include…
- David Bellamy Blooming Marvellous
- Visit England Gold
- Top 100 Best Mid-size Companies To Work For
- David Bellamy Conservation Silver & Gold
- TripAdvisor People’s Choice
- Premier Parks
- B Corp Certified
- AA Five Star
So, what does ‘B Corp’ mean?
B Corp stands for Better Corporations. The idea is simple: it’s a movement of businesses who want to be a force for good, using their work to benefit people, communities and the planet.
Sounds simple enough. The complicated bit, however, is becoming a B Corp: it means opening up your whole business to rigorous inspection, and hitting targets that prove you’re really doing what you say you will.
And once you’ve become a B Corp, you can’t rest on your laurels (or, in our case, the wildflower meadows!). You have to keep improving every year to keep your B Corp status, working creatively to improve the sustainability of every aspect of your business.
Discover more about the importance and significance of The UK B Corporation. We’re so proud to be a part of this movement for change as the UK’s first B Corp holiday park group.
And how do we stack up?
With the average business scoring 50.9, we’re pretty proud to have notched up 82.4. Every little thing we’ve done impacts our score.
It’s been a great strategic operation, where we’ve considered absolutely everything to do with the running of our parks in great detail. All this is so you can relax — you’re on holiday, after all!
For the full, in-depth breakdown, see how we’re getting on and how we’ve achieved B Corp status: take a look at our most recent impact report.
But we don’t stop here, of course — to keep our certification as a B Corp holiday company, we’ll be working creatively and strategically to achieve even better results next year.
We’re a constant, environmentally-focused work in progress. We don’t want to be just good enough. We want to keep getting better.
We want to address the housing crisis by alleviating the impact of second home ownership on our local communities. While we want everyone to enjoy our beautiful areas, the demand for second homes has made affordable housing inaccessible to many locals.
Our solution lies in offering luxury lodges and holiday homes for sale, providing owners with a retreat into nature without overwhelming the local housing market.
In 2022, we collaborated with Heatherwick Studio to develop architectural blueprints and park layouts that prioritise community and environmental harmony. Next, we'll partner with a manufacturer to build a prototype unit and secure a long-term manufacturer. We’re working towards carbon neutrality and self-sufficient energy systems right now and in the years to come. We’re also looking at trialling PPV for caravans, so watch this space...
How We Achieve This
Forward thinking initiatives: Food waste schemes, wormeries, beach toy libraries, and recycling programmes are implemented. Reusable options replace single-use water bottles. Water refill stations are provided.
Sustainable materials: Gravel or hoggin is prioritised for water absorption. Indigenous materials are chosen for pathways and roadways to reduce travel distance and match regional aesthetics. Transitioning to gravel surfaces in 2023 reduces tarmac usage.
Native planting: Emphasis on indigenous plants, expanding wildflower and tree areas for CO2 sequestration and wildlife habitats. At our Cornish parks alone, 214 trees, 1755m² of wildflowers, and 734m² of other planting have already been added in 2023.
Energy efficiency: Trials of PV systems for caravans aim for energy self-sufficiency in 12 units by 2024. Solar panels installed on infrastructure blocks. Smart meters manage electricity, gas, and water usage. EV charging units added. New units built with insulation and double glazing for reduced energy consumption and guest comfort.
Civic Engagement and Giving
Ultimately, our aim is to help ensure local character and local communities thrive. To do this, we regularly donate to small, grassroots organisations without national funding. We empower our park teams to make donation decisions as they know our areas the best. We involve our local communities by holding community meetings for feedback on significant changes. Stakeholder engagement is valued, and plans are adjusted accordingly. Regular surveys gauge perceptions of environmental efforts and community contribution. 80% of our B Corp budget is allocated to our handpicked suppliers.
How are we creating sustainable, B Corp holiday parks?
From the BIG to the rather, well, boring, we’ve worked to improve every aspect of our offering so it benefits the planet and its people. It’s all those nifty things you can see on park — free reusable wooden belly boards, beach cleaning stations and vegan food options — but also those you don’t: plumbing systems, waste disposal and even the fabric in our uniforms!
- Sustainable dairy farms, providing refillable glass milk bottles on our parks
- Water bottle refill stations
- Tetra and One Water eco bottles — removing plastic from sale
- Eco-friendly fire extinguishers
- Food composting bins around parks
- Clever, water-saving planting
- Regular donations to the nearby local food banks
- Wormeries to help with composting
- Beach toy library — borrow what you need for your coastal day trip
- Belly board hire — helping to beat polystyrene pollution in our oceans
- Book swaps
- Canine camper care stations — eco dog poop bags and sustainable biscuits
- Supporting on-park maintenance teams in moving to electric tools
- Going ‘peat free’ with Cornwall Wildlife Trust
Proud to be part of our community.
We love local. Our commitment to sustainable UK holidays stems from our unwavering commitment to absolutely everything in our area — the wildlife, the landscapes, the people and the businesses. After all, they’re what makes our areas so amazing. We've proud to have some great local partnerships nearby our parks.
- BH & HPA
- The Wildlife Trust
- St Petrocs
- Beach Guardian Cornwall
- Plastic Free Mawgan Porth
- Food Bank Wadebridge
- Refill Org
- Visit Wiltshire
- Visit Hampshire
- Go New Forest
- Cornwall Air Ambulance
- Sea Palling Lifeboat Trust
- St Francis Dogs Home
- Rewilding Britain
- Kickstart Scheme UK
Meet the Lovat Parks B Corp champion…
In case you hadn’t already realised, being B Corp is no mean feat — it takes effort and continual progression!
Lian is our B Corp champion, visiting all our parks, setting up our partnerships and rolling up her sleeves to keep us on the right track as the only sustainable UK holiday park group.
So, meet Lian & her daughter Charlotte. They’re the A team when it comes to being B Corp! However, we know that being a B Corp is a team effort and that's why there's a B Corp champion at every park.
Championing mental health wellbeing.
Thankfully, mental health is now widely acknowledged to be just as important as our physical wellbeing.
Our mental health first aider initiative launched in January 2022 — we've trained 10 of our team to be mental health champions across our entire business.
Now certified, they will conduct regular mental health and wellbeing sessions at each park, cementing our Lovat Parks’ Wellbeing Promise.
We’re better together.
From our incredible on-park teams to our owners and holidaymakers, we couldn’t do it without you.
We have a number of partnerships with organisations and businesses to help us deliver truly sustainable travel.
Fantasy Prints — our commitment to the environment goes right down to the garments our team wears. These brilliant guys have created us a range of stunning sustainable uniforms.
Honest Mobile — connectivity needs to be green, which is why we’ve partnered with a fellow B Corp for our mobile network.
Cotswold Fayre — to stock our shops with completely sustainable products, we’ve partnered with another amazing fellow B Corp Certified business.
One Water — we all know how much of a scourge plastic waste is — it’s long gone on all of our parks. Our partnership with One Water has allowed us to stock a range of environmentally-friendly reusable water bottles.
Dick Pierce Bellyboards — For surfing lovers, we're delighted to be able to offer free belly board hire at each of our coastal parks. Each handmade with wood, our reusable bellyboards can be taken out to sea time and time again and is a fun way to help combat polystyrene pollution.
Make it the year you travel sustainably.
Why Lovat Parks?
- We believe service truly matters
- We care about people
- We love the environment
- We create community
- We believe in fair practice