Ruda Holiday Park, in Croyde, has installed a new water fountain at Croyde Beach thanks to funding from the Sea-Changers Coastal Fountain Fund. The new addition will play a vital role in tackling the number of single-use plastic bottles being purchased and thrown away at the beach. Located at the beach entrance, the new fountain allows visitors to refill their water bottles and is also expected to save water in comparison to the old refill tap.
After applying for a grant through the Sea-Changers Coastal Fountain Fund, Parkdean received £2,000 to put towards the fountain, which is already being used and appreciated by the beach’s visitors. The Sea-Changers fund aims to help communities purchase water drinking fountains in environmentally important areas, and is particularly focused on reducing the impact of single-use plastic water bottles on coastal habitats across the UK. The fund is sponsored by the specialist international distribution and services group, Bunzl plc, who support this work as part of their response to the plastic challenge.
Holly Robertson, Beach Team Manager, Ruda Holiday Park, said: “It’s great to see the new water fountain already being used by so many visitors. We’re committed to protecting the environment at Croyde Beach, and we’re hoping this new fountain will go a long way in both reducing the amount of single-use plastic bottles we see used and thrown away, as well as in saving water. Thank you to the Sea-Changers Coastal Fountain Fund for their generous help.”
Jane Bates, Head of Sustainability and Procurement, Parkdean Resorts, said: “We want to create a positive social and environmental impact, and our mission is to put sustainability at the heart of staycations. The steps Holly and the team at Ruda are taking to support this are fantastic, and this new water fountain at Croyde Beach is a brilliant initiative that will make a real difference.”