The Harford Bridge Story

Family-run Dartmoor holiday park

 

Harford Bridge Park is an independent and family-run business that has been under the ownership of the Williamson family since 1985. We took over the park from its creators, the Plumptre family, and have worked tirelessly since to create a beautiful space where guests can enjoy a relaxing and memorable holiday.

 

Award-winning holiday park

Our hard work has paid off, and we now have a five-star rating on TripAdvisor as well as the following awards:

  • 2021 AA ‘5-Pennant’ Camping & Touring Park @ 88%.
  • 2020 Visit Devon Tourism Award Finalist: Ethical, Responsible & Sustainable Tourism Business.
  • 2019/20 South West Tourism Excellence Award: Touring, Camping & Caravanning Park’ Bronze.’
  • 2019 Visit Devon Tourism Awards: Touring, Camping & Caravanning Park of the Year’ Silver.’

 

 

Our commitment to sustainable tourism

 

We strongly believe in the ethos and values of sustainable tourism, which forms the cornerstone of our business strategy. While actively welcoming guests to enjoy this beautiful part of the world, we do so in a way that safeguards the environment and protects it for others to enjoy for many years to come.

 

Our commitment to sustainability has been recognised by The David Bellamy Award for Conservation, for which we have retained a ‘Gold’ standard for over 20 years.

 

We’re also an active participant in the Dartmoor Charter for Sustainable Tourism scheme, which aims to encourage all establishments concerned with tourism to pledge to improve their environment and promote appreciation of Dartmoor.

 

Around the park, you’ll find evidence of our commitment to safeguarding our natural environment.

Improving wildlife:

  • We maintain nesting boxes and hedges so that birds and hedgerow dwelling animals and insects have refuge and habitat to survive all year round.
  • We only plant native species of shrubs, trees and plants so that food and shelter are available for the wild birds, mammals and insects. In November 2019, we planted over 470 native trees in part of our wildflower meadow.
  • We give nature a helping hand by seeding wildflowers and letting them flourish rather than importing garden centre species.
  • We provide food for birds and mammals when conditions are too harsh for them to survive otherwise. As a result, we have several resident hedgehogs and many birds that benefit from our active intervention.

Protecting on-site wildlife:

  • We leave some grass and certain riverbank vegetation uncut to provide food and shelter for wildlife.
  • We use pesticides and chemicals sparingly and only on an exceptional basis. For example, to deal with issues that may affect the safety of our guests or to hold back invasive weeds on the managed grass.

Minimising resources:

  • We minimise the use of vehicle fuel by cutting the grass only when necessary.
  • Wherever possible, staff ‘walk the park’ to carry out their work.
  • Where we can, we use energy-saving technology to minimise carbon emissions.
  • We provide waste recycling facilities on-site to minimise land-fill waste.
  • We locally source any ornamental plants and grow them on.

The Harford Bridge story never stops. There is always more to do and more people to meet and greet at our little slice of heaven here in Devon.

David Bellamy Blooming Marvellous Pledge for Nature
Cycling Family