Country park scoops award

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A country park has been given top honours at a national tourism awards.

Darwin Forest Country Park, in Matlock, took home the Bronze Award at the prestigious 2012 VisitEngland Awards for Excellence, making it one of the top three holiday parks in England.

The park hosts more than 15,000 holidaymakers each year in nearly 120 pinelodges, and also offers a fitness centre and play centre on site.

Commenting on the award, James Berresford, VisitEngland’s chief executive, said: “In a year when we received a record of 392 high quality applications, winning a Bronze Award is a considerable achievement.

“Darwin Forest is now ranked in the top three businesses in their category achieving one of the highest accolades which VisitEngland can bestow.

“I warmly congratulate them.”

Darwin Forest Country Park is owned and operated by Pinelodge Holidays – a subsidiary of Pinelog Group, which is based in Bakewell.

Pinelog group managing director, Nick Grayson, said: “We are delighted to have won this award against such fierce competition but we will always strive for better.

“Perhaps the new Foresters bar and restaurant will help us achieve our ambition”.

Parks director, Lyndsey Grayson, added: “To be recognised in this way is a huge honour and I am delighted that our efforts and achievements have been received with such acclaim.

“We will endeavour to keep working hard to provide a great holiday experience for all those who choose to visit the Derbyshire Peak District for their holidays or short breaks.”