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Our commitment to the environment

It’s easy to reel off green platitudes, but at Woodovis we try to make it a natural part of the way the business is run. The beauty of our park and surrounding areas is one of the main reasons you come here – we want to sustain that for generations to come.

What we do

Small changes can have a huge impact on our environment – if enough people do them, and keep doing them every day. Here are some of the steps we’ve been making at Woodovis.Park.

You can view our environmental and social responsibility policy here.

Energy efficiency & water conservation

At Woodovis Park, we…

  • use low energy bulbs
  • have LED bulbs where possible
  • have all outside lights on timers or sensors
  • use solar lighting in some areas
  • never leave TVs or other equipment on standby
  • use thermostatically controlled heating
  • use hand dryers  chosen for their low energy usage and efficiency
  • service boilers and defrost refrigerators regularly
  • installed solar heating for our swimming pool (thanks to the Dartmoor Sustainable Development Fund and Renewable Energy 4 Devon who helped fund the project)
  • have dual flush or flow reduction in all holiday homes…
  • …and sensors in the gents urinals
  • believe leaky taps should be fixed quickly
  • remind guests to turn taps off
  • water our plants with bore hole water on timers in the wee small hours before the sun is out.

Waste

We recycle glass, paper, cardboard and plastic, donate old bedding to the local animal rescue and reuse garden waste by chipping it for mulch. Email first wherever possible, because it reduces paper usage and road mileage.  We would like to recycle the food waste created, however the company who removes our waste is still not geared up for this.  We do suggest guests look in to the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

Newspapers

We calculated we’d produce 2-3.5 metric tonnes of CO2 if we collected papers each day as we’re unable to get delivery here. This is made up of the actual production of papers and the 2000 miles of travel to collect them each season. So we offer free WiFi access instead!

Keep it local

We buy local where possible and stock a wide range of local produce in the shop, from fresh free range eggs from nearby farms to Devon made jams, pickles, chutneys and vinegars from Hogs Bottom Garden Delights. Less waste, more taste…

Landscape and environment

Woodovis is a pretty special place which attracts a huge variety of wildlife. We do everything possible to keep it that way. We’ve planted hundreds of native species and we’re rejuvenating the beech trees along the drive by cutting out the extra growth, allowing new specimen trees to take the place of the big old ones once they go. (The old trees were probably planted in 1855!) We also provide a dog walking and exercise area and dog bins to help our dog owners leave no traces behind and we’re fortunate that our guests take as much care as we do to keep the park beautiful and litter free.

What you can do

You can  help the environment too!

>> Take a look at our Responsible Visitor Charter

>> Download our fuel economy tips (they really work!)

>>Find out more about your own travel.  Link here to Green Caravanning from the National Caravan Council.

>>Find out more about reducing your food waste by joining the Love Food Hate Waste campaign.

>>Find out more about recycling at Recycle Now

Recent eco awards

South West Tourism Excellence Awards: Sustainable Tourism category 2015 – Bronze

Visit Devon Sustainable Tourism Award 2015 – Bronze

Winners in the GOLDSTAR award through the Green Tourism Business Scheme See website

Sustainable Tourism Award 2011 – Silver

David Bellamy Award – Gold: For encouraging birds, animals and plant life to flourish on our holiday park See website

Green Tourism Business Scheme – Gold: Parks are assessed against a rigorous set of criteria, covering energy/water efficiency, waste management & biodiversity.

View our latest audit here.

Visit Green Tourism Website.

Dartmoor First Award: Dartmoor First is awarded to businesses committed to sustaining Dartmoor and its special qualities. See website




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What our customers say:

5 of 5 starsPicked Woodovis on the back of other reviews and not disappointed!  Beautifully kept site, great facilities and fantastic staff.  Try the spa sauna, it does wonders for your back.  Our four legged companions loved the dog walk and field where they ran free. Loved hearing the birds especially the Owls at night.  Looking forward to returning soon!’

~ Tripadvisor.co.uk May 2015

‘Impeccable caravan, better than any cottage I have recently rented.  Full heating and kitchen and felt brand new.  We had such a lovely holiday here.  Great indoor pool, such a bonus on wet days.  Really lovely children’s playground.  Great little shop and real treat having fish and chip van to visit.  By far the best campsite I have ever stayed at….’

~ Tripadvisor.co.uk May 2015

‘We have just returned from yet another fab week spent at Woodovis – delightful setting, fantastic team and spotless facilities.  A great venue for exploring surrounding areas and a haven in itself.  We will definitely be back..’

~ Tripadvisor.co.uk, June 2015

‘We hoped for an escape from it all holiday park, and Woodovis did not disappoint.  A safe quiet park with a relaxed friendly atmosphere.’

~ Tripadvisor, March 2015

‘This site has been great for us and the dog.  The static caravan has been lovely and clean and the staff have been brilliant….. clean pool and brilliant sauna with a lovely water walking session.’

~ Tripadvisor April 2015

‘There’s a little place in Devon I’d like to call heaven…. first ever time caravanning and I couldn’t have chosen a better place to learn, – calm, quiet, excellent facilities and the loveliest hosts, nothing is too much trouble.’

~ Tripadvisor April 2015

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