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Trethem Mill Touring Park scoops national tourism honour

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The family-owned business was named by judges to be one of the top two parks out of more than two thousand parks throughout the country, scooping a silver award.

The announcement of Trethem Mill's success in the holiday park category was made at a glittering awards ceremony on 11 May at The Sage in Gateshead. It was attended by Ian and Jane Akeroyd with their son Jake who stepped up to receive their silver accolade from chairman of VisitEngland Penelope Viscountess Cobham. Also offering his congratulations to the family was the tourist board's chief executive James Berresford.

Trethem Mill was fast-tracked into the VisitEngland finals after taking the title of the West Country's top holiday park in the South West Tourism Awards in February this year. The park, nestled in 12 acres of peaceful countryside on the Roseland Peninsula, reached the SW regional finals after striking gold in last November's Cornwall Tourism Awards.

Ian and Jane Akeroyd first moved to Trethem Mill nearly twenty three years ago, and today it is run by three generations of the same family. The couple's aim from the start was to create a park managed upon sustainable lines, and which would be a peaceful haven for nature-loving campers and touring caravan owners.

Their efforts have been praised by world-famous botanist David Bellamy who presented the family once again this year with his annual Conservation Award at its top gold level. Professor Bellamy applauded the many wildlife initiatives at Trethem Mill, including the building of animal habitats and the creation of a wildflower meadow.

Receiving the awardJane Akeroyd said the family's was especially proud of its new national award from VisitEngland, "Especially gratifying to us is that the park was judged not just on the excellence of its facilities, but also on the quality of the service provided to guests," she said.

"Our aim is to create a welcoming atmosphere for all, and we're very pleased that this is also often reflected in the many on-line reviews we receive," added Jane.

More details about Trethem Mill can be found on its website at trethem.com







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