Regional Recognition for Moors Valley (Feb 2016)

Regional Recognition for Moors Valley (Feb 2016)

East Dorset’s Moors Valley Country Park and Forest added a further accolade to its recent tally of awards when it took a Silver Award in the Large Visitor Attraction category of the South West Tourism Awards announced at Exeter Cathedral on 4 February.

The South West scheme is the biggest of its kind and the 2016 competition attracted 490 entries from as far afield as Salisbury in the east, the Isles of Scilly in the west and Cirencester in the north.  Successful entries from the Dorset, Cornwall and Devon Tourism Awards were all considered, alongside direct entries from Wiltshire, Somerset, Bath, Bristol and Gloucestershire.

This latest award comes after Moors Valley, one of the most visited attractions in the south with more than 750,000 visitors annually, was named Winner of Winners in the 2015 Dorset Tourism Awards after receiving a gold award in the Best Large Attraction category and silver in the Access and Inclusivity category.

Clare Gronow, Team Leader at Moors Valley, said, ” The south west is home to some of the best tourism attractions in the UK and we were up against stiff competition from the likes of the Eden Project, Brunel’s SS Great Britain and Salisbury Cathedral so it is incredibly gratifying to be recognised in this way.

“We offer a unique combination of outdoor play, working forest, wonderful wildlife and healthy outdoor exercise and this award is a tribute to the efforts of all of the Park staff and those of the other businesses based here, who work hard throughout the year to give our thousands of visitors the best possible experience.”

The Park was also voted best Outdoor Play Centre in the 2015 Primary Times Reader Star Awards as well as receiving a Green Flag award for quality and sustainability in September.

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Photo caption: The Moors Valley Country Park and Forest team receiving the Silver Award for the Large Visitor Attraction of the Year at the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in Exeter Cathedral.
Pictured from L to R – Richard Burke, District Manager, Forestry Commission; Clare Gronow, Team Leader, Moors Valley Country Park, Matthew Beavan, Visitor Services Ranger, Moors Valley Country Park; Andrew Norris, Recreation Manager, Forestry Commission