Conservation award for zoo

FLAMINGO Land zoo, near Malton, has scooped a national green award in recognition of its efforts in protecting and enhancing the natural environment.

It gained the silver David Bellamy Conservation Award after a detailed audit of its environmental policies.

Inspectors looked at areas including, water, energy conservation, recycling, waste management, and how the park works with the local community.

In making the award Professor David Bellamy said he was amazed at how much was being done by holiday parks to protect and enhance the environment and create “wildlife wonderlands” and it was time they were recognised for their work.

The park is set in 375 acres of countryside and is home to the largest privately-owned zoo and wildlife park in the north of England. Many indigenous plants and trees have been planted, creating a natural haven for native fauna, including small rodents, song birds, mammals and insects.