We have recently celebrated a big win at the LOVE Northumberland Awards 2022, scooping up the title for Best Coast & Countryside Project linked with our contribution to the restoration of Cresswell Tower.
The awards, held at the Alnwick Garden in Northumberland, celebrate environmental work which improves local areas for the benefit of members of the community and which help to keep the county clean and green, and all winners were presented by Her Grace the Duchess of Northumberland.
Parkdean Resorts has contributed to the restoration of Cresswell Tower, the 14th Century Grade II-listed building which gives its name to one of the company’s holiday parks on the Northumberland coast.
Built as a Pele Tower, a common feature in Northumberland between 1350 and 1600 to protect local families from border reivers – raiders from Scotland – the tower is situated at Cresswell Towers Holiday Park.
Until recently, it was a roofless shell with a history of vandalism and graffiti. Thanks to a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund, Parkdean worked with Cresswell Parish Council and Historic England to restore the tower over two years. The tower has been removed from Historic England’s “Heritage at Risk” register and is now a local, regional and national heritage asset which we can all be extremely proud of, and an attraction for current and future generations to visit, enjoy and admire.
Jane Bates, Director of Procurement and Sustainability, Parkdean Resorts, said: “Many of our parks are home to unique items of natural and historical significance, so we were more than happy to support the restoration of Cresswell Tower. Holidaymakers at the park are already blessed with miles of golden sands and lovely walks along the Northumberland coast, and we’re delighted that they’ll now be able to visit this interesting and important historical building as well.”