Unveiling of the plaque at launch of new Forest Hub at Forest Holidays Deerpark. Pictured left to right: Stuart Moir - General Manager Deerpark, Bruce McKendrick - Chief Executive Forest Holidays, Sheryll Murray MP - South East Cornwall, Malcolm Bell - Chief Executive Visit Cornwall
South East Cornwall MP Sheryl Murray praised our Deerpark location as a “hidden jewel in the crown of South East Cornwall” as she officially opened the newly-renovated Forest Hub and met the local businesses who supply the store and eatery.
We are committed to promoting Cornish produce, suppliers, and attractions and yesterday’s event was an opportunity to bring our partners together to celebrate the authentic tastes and experiences of the county.
Sheryll Murray, SE Cornwall MP said:
“It’s fantastic to see a successful national business really focusing on and promoting our incredible Cornish food and drink, as well as the amazing restaurants, pubs and attractions around its location. Forest Holidays is a great example of how a tourism provider can make a real difference to the economy of an area. It actively encourages its guests to explore the region. In the last decade Cornwall has emerged as one of the world's iconic destinations and has been named the nation’s favourite holiday destination for seven years running by the British Travel Awards. It’s important that communities across Cornwall share in that success.”
Chief Executive of Forest Holidays Bruce McKendrick added:
“I believe it’s our responsibility to showcase the incredible richness and innovation of local food, drink and local attractions. Discovering and sampling regional specialties is part of our guests’ holiday experience. We want to provide every opportunity for them to relax and enjoy the simple pleasures on our doorstep, whether it’s a day trip to Fowey or Polperro, or dinner at the Plough Inn down the road. For us, promoting local Cornish produce strengthens our relationship with the community around us and it makes each of our locations unique. For our suppliers, it means steady all year trade and an opportunity to showcase their goods and services to a wider audience. It’s exciting to bring our suppliers and surrounding businesses together to thank them at this event and we hope to forge even stronger partnerships.”
Forest Holidays are partnered with the Forestry Commission and we operate exclusively on its land. Working with successful commercial providers is one way that the Forestry Commission seeks to fulfil its mission to bring long term economic value into local communities.
David Williamson from the Forestry Commission explains:
“We believe strongly in working with and supporting local and regional business and suppliers to stimulate rural economies, providing jobs and commercial opportunities. The Forest Holidays’ model is absolutely focused on this. Cabin guests love to come and enjoy our woodlands but when they go out to explore the area, it’s crucial we encourage them into local villages, towns and attractions. The team at Deerpark are incredibly knowledgeable and enthusiastic about the area and love to share that with visitors”