Resipole holiday park praised by David Bellamy

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As a Lochaber holiday park prepares to mark its golden anniversary in 2018, the family owners have been praised for their countryside care.

Resipole Farm Holiday Park, near Strontian, overlooks Loch Sunart and will be celebrating its 50-year milestone with a gold level David Bellamy Conservation Award.

The world-famous botanist said the Sinclair family had shown themselves to be true friends of wildlife and the natural world with their green initiatives.

Managed today by Rory Sinclair and his partner Karin, it was Rory’s grandfather Archie who first started welcoming camping guests on his farm in the early 1950s.

Resipole’s picture-postcard setting quickly gained it popularity among those seeking an idyllic location for their Scottish holiday.

It was officially designated as a holiday park in 1968 and since then the family has invested much time and energy into caring for the grounds and creating new facilities.

Rory, who with Karin runs the park with help from his parents Peter and Joke and his aunt Fiona, said the family has always tried to ensure Resipole remains a haven for wildlife.

The Sinclairs have planted hundreds of native trees and shrubs which provide valuable nesting and breeding habitats as well as food for wildlife.

Professor Bellamy highlighted the abundance of high nectar-bearing wild flowers on the park which attract many different types of butterfly as well as honey bees and other pollinators.

Professor Bellamy also praised the absence of harmful chemical fertilisers on the park; the use of water from its own bore-hole shared with neighbours and the park’s shielded illumination to minimise light pollution and provide the best view of the night sky.

Rory added: ‘Even though our family has been here for many decades, we still feel privileged to be able to live and work in this beautiful part of the West Highlands.

‘Perhaps because of our farming background, we’ve always been concerned to manage Resipole in a sustainable way and it’s great to be doing so with the support of David Bellamy.’