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Parks praised as wildlife see their hedge fund flourish

aravan with newly planted hedges thanks to the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme

More than 300 holiday parks which took part in an ambitious hedgerow conservation project have been praised for creating and managing a wealth of new wildlife habitats thanks to the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.

The scheme was launched in 2017 by botanist David Bellamy and his son Rufus, and involved parks of all sizes belonging to the British Holiday and Home Parks Association.

With the year-long project now complete, an audit has revealed that just over 360 miles of hedges are now flourishing on parks taking part in the David Bellamy Conservation Award Scheme.

The figure is based on feedback provided from parks by the scheme's wildlife assessors, and represents a length of greenery stretching from London to Edinburgh.

Kids dip in to wildlife adventure at park's discovery day

Moss Wood caravan park

Children went wild at a Lancaster holiday park, Moss Wood caravan park, this August when they tackled a series of challenges to help heighten their awareness of the natural world.

It all took place during a wildlife discovery day at Moss Wood in Cockerham which was attended by a line-up of Lancashire-based charities and organisations.

Aimed at both youngsters and grown-ups, activities included supervised pond dipping sessions, and the chance for children to built their own bee and bug hotels.

Charity cheer as Lakeland park welcomes iconic squirrel

Silverdale Holiday Park

Wildlife-friendly Silverdale Holiday Park in Cumbria has provided a local hospice with a £2,250 windfall – by offering a new home to a giant red squirrel.

Named Mawson, the ten-foot tall timber-carved squirrel was for many years a familiar feature at the entrance to a plush Windermere hotel, the Langdale Chase.

In spring 2017, however, the hotel's owner Thomas Noblett sold the business – and its new owners served Mawson with his marching orders.

Thomas offered to take custody of the landmark sculpture, and had the idea of using Mawson to help raise much-needed funds for St Mary's Hospice in Ulverston.

So he entered Mawson into an online auction which sparked fierce bidding from across the UK.

Tingdene Homes LTD announce new stock finance relationship with Hitachi Capital UK

Tingdene Homes Ltd, manufacturer of park homes and holiday lodges, are pleased to announce that they have launched new stock finance facilities with Hitachi Capital Business Finance.

The new finance deal, which will start with immediate effect, will provide Park Operators & Dealers with between 90 and 180 days ‘interest free’ stock finance, with a max 360 day funding period for all new supplied Homes. 

Simon Baker, Head of Sales at Tingdene Homes Ltd commented:

More homeowners using equity release to buy luxury lodges

Salop Leisure

A growing number of customers are taking advantage of equity release schemes to help them purchase a luxury lodge holiday home, reports a Shropshire and Mid Wales caravan dealership.

Salop Leisure, which has sales centres in Shrewsbury, Machynlleth and Stourport-on-Severn, say many homeowners are deciding to unlock some of the wealth they have built up in their home to invest in a luxury lodge or caravan holiday home at a park of their choice.

This method of buying a holiday home is becoming increasing popular with retired people who are looking for all the financial options available to them.

Doctors urged to prescribe camping and caravanning to treat stress

Salop Leisure

The managing director of a multi award-winning caravan dealership, Salop Leisure, believes doctors should be prescribing camping and caravanning as an alternative to medication for stress related conditions.

Mark Bebb from Shrewsbury-based Salop Leisure has welcomed a pledge by Government's new Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, Matt Hancock, o reduce people's reliance on 'unsophisticated drugs'.

The comments came after it was revealed that 7.3 million people in the UK were given antidepressant drugs last year and 70,000 of them were children. Mr Hancock plans to give GPs alternatives and pledged to expand schemes to treat patients with mental health problems through social activities.

Innovate your holiday park with a new MUGA

MUGA

A family holiday is something to cherish and more often than not, creates lifelong memories and family bonds. 

It’s a time when work emails and the stresses and strains of everyday life can be parked to one side to focus on playing games, swimming, building sandcastles and just enjoying quality time together. 

As a result of this we are seeing an increase in demand from holiday park operators who want to create more multi-use games areas (MUGA) and informal sports areas to innovate other areas of their parks as well as providing additional facilities and services a family can enjoy together in the fresh air. 

Part Exchange could help your sales get a move on

Part Exchange could help your sales get a move on

The recent softening of the housing market is unwelcome news, particularly to park home operators who often have to rely on their customers being able to sell their existing home first. Sale delays are frustrating and harmful to cash flow, which is why may park operators now see Part Exchange as being a valuable tool in their sales kit.

Part Exchange has grown increasingly in popularity over the last few years, and not just because of the sluggishness of the housing market. Silverbridge Properties, one of the UK’s leading providers of part exchange schemes to the retirement and park home sectors, argues that, for many homeowners, PX is also the simplest way to sell their property.  

Gin gang gets green light for growth

Northside Farm

PLANS for a popular Northumberland wedding venue, Northside Farm,  to transform a derelict gin gang on its site have been given the green light and forms the first stage of a 12-month £100,000 investment plan.

Northside Farm in Horsley is devoting £50,000 to restore and renovate the 19th century circular building into a unique ceremony room before releasing another self-funded £50,000 earmarked to secure additional luxury accommodation on its glamping site which currently boasts ten timber wigwams with amenities.

Countryside capers at Kielder

Kielder Water & Forest Park’

Countless famous writers have praised the beauty, calm and restorative effects of the countryside on the human spirit.

And in this gloriously hot summer, even here in the cooler North East, where better to enjoy some peace than in our own idyllic surroundings?

The Heritage Lottery-funded Living Wild project at Kielder aims to bring Kielder Water & Forest Park’s amazing wildlife and countryside to life for visitors and residents, helping them enjoy, learn, share and immerse themselves in nature whilst also contributing to the long-term protection of the area’s special animals and plants.