St Just in Roseland holiday park honoured

This is The West Country: Trethem Mill Touring Park is one of the top destinations in the county. Trethem Mill Touring Park is one of the top destinations in the county.

The family owners of a St Just-in-Roseland holiday park are celebrating after being judged as Cornwall's top destination for touring caravans, motorhomes and campers.

Trethem Mill Touring Park was named as the winner in the holiday park category at the annual Cornwall Tourism Awards held earlier this month in Newquay.

The awards are designed to highlight excellence across the county's tourism providers, and showcase those offering outstanding quality to visitors.

Judges described Trethem Mill as “an absolute gem which just keeps getting better and better.”

The park will now go on to represent Cornwall in the South West Excellence Awards next year, and could then proceed to the National Excellence Awards.

For the Akeroyd family, who this year are marking their 20th anniversary since acquiring the park, the gold award marks a high watermark in a much decorated year.

Earlier in the season Trethem Mill beat hundreds of other parks across the UK to take the 2012 AA Campsite of the Year award in the “most improved park” category.

Then, this autumn, the family heard that their park had once again become a winner of the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation Award at its top gold level.

The honour is given to parks making exceptional efforts to protect and enhance the natural environment, and Trethem Mill was described by Professor Bellamy as “a very worthy winner.”

He said that the 12-acre grounds supported a wonderful range of flora and fauna, thanks to the Akeroyds' policy of encouraging wildlife to flourish.

David Bellamy also praised the wildflower areas sown in the park, which attract a wide range of butterfly species as well as insects, which provide a feeding resource for birds.

The park's shop was similarly commended, with its emphasis on locally sourced produce.

Jane and Ian Akeroyd, together with their family, first moved to the park 20 years ago. It is today run by three generations of the family.

This year the park unveiled three new shower rooms, including a new disabled facility, all with under-floor heating.

Jane Akeroyd said: “Despite the weather and the state of the economy, we have enjoyed a very successful year - thanks in many ways, I think, to Cornwall's enduring popularity with families.

"Gaining these awards is a fantastic way to finish with a flourish, and it's made us all the more determined to raise the bar even higher next year.”

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