Mercia Marina wins gold for eighth year running

Bondholder Mercia Marina has won a Gold conservation award for the eighth year in a row from Professor David Bellamy, along with special awards for its wildflowers and work to protect honey bees.

The marina is one of only 18 venues in the UK to have won eight consecutive Gold awards in the annual David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.

The special accolade is given to parks in recognition of work to protect and enhance the natural world across Britain.

As well as a Gold award, the marina has been commended for its wildflower habitat and been deemed to be a Honey Bee Friendly Park for its volunteer-led Save our Bees project.

Robert Neff, General Manager of Mercia Marina said "We are absolutely delighted to have picked up a Gold award for the eighth year running.

“We are committed to improving habitats and encouraging wildlife to thrive across the marina and this is just one of the reasons that we attract so many visitors. We’re also pleased to have been recognised specifically for our wildflower meadows at the marina and the work of our volunteers in boosting the honey bee population.”