Celebrating 50 Years of Caravan Industry & Park Operator Magazine!

Caravan Industry & Park Operator - a vintage caravan

We're celebrating a golden anniversary this year, 50 years after the first Caravan Industry & Park Operator magazine was published!

Caravan Industry & Park Operator is the independent caravan trade magazine for products and services, including park utilities, insurance, transport, park and site news, consultancy, events, security, legal advice and safety. In print since 1968, it's the oldest and most trusted industry magazine and has stood the test of time.

Trees and the Planning Process

Trees and a caravan

Treecall Consulting Ltd have extensive experience of dealing with trees, and with planners when trees become caught up in the planning process.  We routinely provide support to our clients by carrying out tree surveys in accordance with British Standard 5837:2012 ‘Trees in relation to design, demolition and construction - Recommendations’, we help tree owners engage with local authority tree officers and we can provide reports to show how trees will be protected during construction.  We can also help our clients if planning consent is refused and an appeal is reasonable.

Trees are an important part of the planning process in two ways;

Trees may be protected by a tree preservation order (TPO) or be in an area designated as a conservation area.  

Parks "essential" to Scotland's economy says tourism minister  

Parks "essential" to Scotland's economy says tourism minister  

Scottish tourism minister Fiona Hyslop MSP paid tribute to Scotland's holiday parks sector in Edinburgh this week (22 November) when she took the platform at the industry's annual conference.

The minister was the principal guest speaker at the event organised by the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (Scotland), and held at the city's Our Dynamic Earth.

In attendance were the owners and managers of many of Scotland's 200-plus park businesses which generate around £700m of visitor spending each year in the country.

Fiona Hyslop, who is cabinet secretary for culture, tourism and external affairs, was welcomed to conference by the chairman of BH&HPA (Scotland) Elspeth Sutton.

Top green honours for family's Berwick holiday park

Top green honours for family's Berwick holiday park

Family and staff at a Berwick-upon-Tweed holiday park are celebrating after being told that their wildlife-friendly policies have earned a major environmental accolade.

Ord House Country Park was named this autumn as a winner of the prestigious David Bellamy Conservation award at its top gold level.

It also received two extra commendations from the world-famous botanist for its efforts to protect honey bees, and its success in creating new wild flower habitats.

Owned by the Maguire family for the past 15 years, Ord House was selected for the award following an in-depth audit by David Bellamy's wildlife assessors.

The 44-acre park, he said, was fully deserving of the honour thanks to a long list of green initiatives taken to hep protect the natural world.

Callander Woods Holiday Park Under New Ownership

Callander Woods Holiday Park

Summer saw the launch of a substantial investment project at Callander Woods Holiday Park, following its acquisition earlier this year by Wood Leisure. Located in the popular tourist town of Callander, Callander Woods holiday park is at the Eastern gateway to the Trossachs National Park and the dramatic Loch Lomond. It is also on the Rob Roy Way and the Birds of Prey Trail and is close to the famous Bracklinn Falls and the stunning Loch Katrine – meaning holiday makers can enjoy a great range of activities in the area. Within the upgrade plan, the majority of older static caravans have been upgraded to meet the high standards set within the holiday park group. In addition, brand new 2018 caravan holiday homes were introduced to the park.

Bridge Leisure Parks Limited acquires ninth UK holiday park

Bowland flowers at Bridge Leisure Park

Bridge Leisure Parks Limited (“Bridge Leisure”), an owner and operator of holiday parks across the UK, today announces the acquisition of the award-winning Bowland Fell holiday park in Yorkshire.

The acquisition of Bowland Fell takes Bridge Leisure’s estate to nine parks as it continues to consolidate the fragmented UK holiday park market. The Milton Keynes based company has now trebled the number of parks it owns since completing a management buyout supported by Phoenix Equity Partners (“Phoenix”) in 2015.

Meet the Newest Members of the Tingdene Sales Team

Newest Members of the Tingdene Sales Team

Over the last few months, the Tingdene sales team has grown exponentially with four new recruits joining the sales team on the road. The additional support means that Tingdene can reach more customers and clients further afield and provide a tailored one-on-one service to each of these. The local knowledge each of the new sales team brings means that Tingdene can continue to develop its understanding and support of holiday and residential parks across the UK.

Family in spotlight as North Wales's premier park is named

Thornley premier caravan park

Staff and the family owners of Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park are celebrating after receiving a top gold accolade in the 2018 Go North Wales Tourism Awards.

The flagship of the Thornley Leisure group, Craiglwyd Hall Caravan Park's standards of excellence and levels of customer care made it a very worthy winner, judges declared.

Their verdict was announced at the competition's glittering awards ceremony in November which was held at Venue Cymru in Llandudno.

The event was organised by North Wales Tourism which represents more than 1,500 tourism-related businesses across the region, including scores of holiday parks.

Multi award-winning holiday park announced best in Devon

Cofton Park Staff at Devon Park

Multi award-winning Cofton Holidays, based near Dawlish Warren, has been awarded Gold in the Holiday Park of the Year category at the Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2018. 

The family-run business scooped not just one but two prestigious accolades at the awards, including Silver in the Responsible, Ethical and Sustainable Tourism category. 

Now in its ninth year, the Visit Devon Tourism Awards 2018 saw entries across 26 different categories, with each undergoing a rigorous three-phase judging process. Cofton Holidays will now be fast tracked into the South West Tourism Excellence Awards in February 2019, with successful nominees in matching categories going on to represent the region in the National Visit England Awards later in 2019.