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Become a Park Partner

Becoming a National Park Partner

  1. Read through the Guidance Notes carefully first - they include full details and lots of ideas, resources and inspiration to help you.

    STOP PRESS: We are in the process of reviewing the Park Partner scheme to simplify the process for potential applicants. Full details will be published soon with the revised criteria, but in the meantime please contact us if you're interested before completing an application from.
  2. You will then be ready to complete an Application Form.

Business Benefits

  • A free opportunity for organisations associated with Exmoor National Park to be recognised for their commitment to putting the National Park at the heart of their work.
  • Use of an exclusive version of the Exmoor brand logo to help you stand out and be seen as an ambassador for the area.
  • Free certificate and colour sticker to demonstrate your commitment to customers
  • The opportunity to purchase bespoke engraved local timber plaque direct from P & S Engraving for £20 + VAT & Postage (if required).Park Partner Plaque
  • Free web listing on the National Park Authority website www.exmoor-nationalpark.gov.uk/ParkPartners; Eligibility for existing and new advertisers to be listed within the Green Holidays section of www.visit-exmoor.co.uk and; Access to advertise on bespoke websites such as GreenTraveller.co.uk (free standard listing within their Exmoor guide or get an amazing 20% off a reviewed listing written by a professional travel writer based on a visit - visit their site for more details and mention the 20% discount under additional information:http://www.greentraveller.co.uk/content/application-accommodation-listing-greentraveller)..
  • Opportunity to Identify and implement cost savings for your business by using the scheme as a stepping stone towards a certified grading schemes such as Green Tourism Business Scheme
  • Join a network of other like-minded businesses to share experiences, ideas and support; Annual National Park Partner forum and dedicated Google (email) networking group.
  • Opportunity to be promoted in press and via social media by organisations in the area such as the National Park Authority and Exmoor Tourism as well as in your own activity.
  • Access key information, resources and relevant contacts to staff at Exmoor National Park Authority.

Assessment

The scheme is about recognising the commitment made by participants to contribute to the area. It is not an accreditation scheme with external auditors. To become a National Park Partner you will need to demonstrate how you are contributing to the 5 key themes of the scheme:

  • Supporting a Thriving Living Landscape
  • Connecting People and Place
  • Working Towards a Sustainable Future
  • Working Together for Exmoor
  • Communicating the message

Within each theme there are two mandatory actions to be completed where appropriate an we then invite you to tell us about other actions you may be undertaking. The guidance notes offer lots of ideas o inspire you and help you to think through what you're doing and links to resources if you wish to develop new actions.

We will be looking to see a positive commitment to sustaining the area. Organisations that are involved in any operations that show disregard to the aims of the scheme will not be eligible. Your organisation must meet legal standards for Fire Regulations, Planning and Health & Hygiene as appropriate and you may be asked to provide copies of relevant consents to demonstrate your compliance.

Applications are considered by Exmoor National Park Authority Officers in conjunction with Exmoor Tourism, taking advice from a steering group consisting of industry representative taking a leading role in sustainable tourism in the area. References may be taken up, and those assessing eligibility reserve the right to ask for further information, or to request a site visit.

Eligibility

Any business or organisation located within or close to Exmoor, or with a strong association with Exmoor National Park can apply to become a National Park Partner. You do not have to be a tourism provider, or even located within the National Park. If you or your business has a strong link with Exmoor National Park and you wish to apply, please do! 

Guidance

Many of you will already doing lots of things that not only enhance the area and increase visitor satisfaction but also help to sustainably develop your business. In order to help you identity what you are doing, and to provide some support and inspiration for further actions the guidance document provides a range of ideas and information on activities that contribute to each of the 5 themes of the scheme.