RSPB Old Moor Nature Reserve receives high acclaim and nominations from Visit England

A DEARNE Valley nature reserve has been given its highest ever score from a national tourism body following a visit from an inspector who hailed “the best club sandwich I have ever tasted”.

RSPB Old Moor in the Dearne Valley was also nominated for the Gold, Welcome, and Quality Food and Drink awards following Visit England’s annual assessment as part of the Visitor Attraction Quality Assurance Scheme.

The nature hotspot at Manvers achieved a 100 per cent score in the mystery shop section for volunteers and staff and an overall score of 93 per cent.

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Assessor Paul Mason said: “The team are ‘gold’ standard and I strongly support the nomination for Visit England's prestigious gold award, which is only awarded to attractions that provide an exceptional visitor experience.

“I absolutely feel that the team at Dearne Valley do this on a consistent and ongoing basis.”

Lydia Tague, visitor operations manager at Old Moor, said: “I genuinely could not be more proud of the entire team. These nominations speak volumes to a culture of high standards across the board”

“We pride ourselves on giving our visitors a warm and friendly welcome and helping them to make the most of their time in nature when they visit us.

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“To have this recognised by such a well-respected industry standard, and to be nominated for three top accolades is really fantastic for the whole team.”

Paul added: “Highlights of my visit included the exceptional friendliness and knowledge of the team, the peaceful nature walks, the best club sandwich I have ever tasted and an excellent well stocked shop”.

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