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The 9th and 10th of August saw Hunters Quay Holiday Village host the annual Small Acorns Environmental Event.  Like the little acorn, the event continues to grow from strength to strength with an estimated 2,500 visitors attending again this year.

Small Acorns 2014 opened on the Saturday accompanied by a glorious sunny morning, with a showcase of many interesting environmental and educational displays and demonstrations, as well as a full programme of entertainment and activities for visitors to the park, including the launch of the latest Go Active activity – the Water Peddlarz, helping to ensure the whole family had a fun and informative weekend. Even when the weather wasn’t as kind on the Sunday, spirits weren’t dampened, and whilst a move from the curtain-sider stage was necessary for the music, the show continued to successfully go on in the big marquee.  

Small Acorns profile was raised again this year thanks to Inverclyde Radio, who broadcasted a live road show over both days; letting those who could not visit Hunters Quay get a taste of the Small Acorns experience which included exhibits and activities from: Fire Scotland with their famous chip pan fire display, Police Scotland and their Wildlife Officer Andy- always smiling, Elements Science fair, Fellowship of the Thistle with their ancient weapons, clan culture, tartan history, kilt making  and find your clan demonstrations, Loch Fyne Oysters who gave all an opportunity to taste their first oyster, Paul from William Tracey Recycling, who dovetailed his demonstration into an end of life caravan, showcasing where each part of the caravan goes to be recycled and what it is recycled into to help the park become a zero waste park, Loch Lomond and Trossachs National Park, Hebridean Whale and Dolphin Trust, highlighting the wildlife in and around our shores, Sea Kayak Argyll, Argyll Voyageur Canoes – both of which take groups out onto the sea under the steam of paddle power, Scottish Ambulance Service and Ernest’s classic ambulance to the fantastic display of photos from Cowal Camera club, hands-on with Scottish Green Woodworkers and the ever popular trip on the Forestry Commission mini bus with Pat to name but a few.    

Saturday’s day of fun and excitement culminated in an evening award ceremony where a gathering of friends, colleagues and partnership businesses celebrated ten years of Small Acorns at Hunters Quay Holiday Village, tying nicely into the company’s ten year anniversary of participating in the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme where six out of the eight Argyll Holidays parks hold the highest accolade of Gold, one holding Silver and the newest edition to the group, Loch Lomond Holiday Park, in the process of signing up – watch this space.  David Dain, General Manager of Hunters Quay was delighted to profile that the company had also received an award from the Carbon Trust for their part in carbon reduction.  Argyll Holidays Director, Alan Campbell, said that whilst we are delighted with our contribution to carbon reduction and green energy to date ‘we are not finished yet’ and stated that ‘ we have four biomass systems in place at the moment, with other options being looked into for the future’. Allan also accepted the first Highland Hospitality Award in Scotland from The Fellowship of the Thistle, an international group with Septs as far as Canada, New Zealand and South Africa.

Also to mark the special occasion, the people attending the evening celebration got an opportunity to add a little to a felt hanging commissioned to depict the Campbell Family’s diversification through Farming into the Leisure industry – it was great fun and thanks have to go to Ruth from Wool at Heart for all her guidance.   It was a privilege for myself and local Commonwealth Power Lifter, Hanna Toremar, to plant two trees in commemoration of ten years of in the David Bellamy Award Scheme, and Small Acorns at Hunters Quay Holiday Village respectively.

Safe to say that Small Acorns 2014 was definitely given the thumbs up by its many visitors.

Thank you to all the folks - working together to make the event such a success.

Jackie McBurney – Environmental Co-ordinator, Argyll Holidays

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