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Staff inspire marathon fundraising bid by parks boss

Park Holidays UK

When he's not helping to run one of Britain's largest holiday park groups, Park Holidays UK, Tony Clish will this year be running three of the world's most famous marathons for good causes.

The 56-year-old commercial director of Park Holidays UK completed the first of his charity challenges at the end of April when he crossed the finishing line in the London Marathon.

Now Tony faces two more punishing 26.2 mile trials when he takes on the Berlin Marathon in September, and New York City Marathon in November.

If successful, his bid will see thousands of pounds raised for both local and national caring organisations across Britain.

The NCC Says Sensor Inclusive Testing Is Vital

The NCC Says Sensor Inclusive Testing Is Vital

The NCC have mandated sensor inclusive testing of carbon monoxide (CO) alarms that are installed in caravans and motorhomes as part of the annual service.   Following extensive research and testing over 18 months where some CO alarms passed the test button test but failed the sensor inclusive test, the NCC decided that sensor inclusive testing is vital to ensure continued protection of families in leisure vehicles.

All-action Scottish park sports its £2.5m makeover

Million Makeover

The family owners of a holiday park in southern Scotland, recently subject to a £2.5 million makeover, have thrown down a series of sporting challenges to guests.
 
They include pitting their fishing skills against tiger trout, tackling a wildlife safari, and shattering clay pigeons launched from a 140-foot high tower.
 
Westlands Country Park in Dumfries and Galloway unveiled its line-up of attractions for lovers of country sports and the natural world this spring.
 
The 100-acre park is now also the setting for a new development of luxury lodges to own and rent, and fully serviced super-pitches with a five-star amenity building.
 

Awards in abundance for "adults only" Dorset park

Beyond park

An "adults only" holiday park, Back of Beyond park, in the New Forest which promises tranquil stays in a child-free environment is celebrating a clutch of national awards.

Back of Beyond park near Ringwood, owned by a husband-and-wife team, can now boast four accolades for the excellence of its grown-up surroundings.

They include a top conservation award from botanist David Bellamy, a gold pennant from the AA, and a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence for its consistently glowing reviews. Back of Beyond was also voted as being among the top 100 of Britain's 3000-plus holiday parks by the readers of top-selling Practical Caravan magazine.

Water hygiene expert offer advice on hot tubs

Hot tubs Darlly product

Hot tubs and water hygiene: by Dorian Davies from Darlly Europe

The publication of the HSE's "The control of legionella and other infectious agents in spa-pool systems", more commonly known as "HSG282", in January 2017 caused a stir in the holiday caravan, lodge, and cottage sector as it set out specific and detailed guidelines for hot tubs installed in holiday let situations. HSG282 also placed risk responsibility on the shoulders of holiday let owners and operators to ensure their installations are HSG282 compliant.

Massey Ferguson MF 1700 Range

Massey Ferguson MF 1700 Range

More than capable of handling a wide range of applications with ease – from grounds care to seeding, from loading to transport – The MF 1700 range of tractors is built to the same exacting standards as Massey Ferguson’s larger tractors.

The line-up features many examples of ergonomic design and attention to detail that have maintained Massey Ferguson’s position as a world leading tractor manufacturer. Two models, 38 hp and 46 hp respectively, rely on easy-to-use transmissions. A range of 4-wheel drive models with PTO options make these tractors the ideal choice for smaller farming operations and many other rural enterprises.

Mobility Hire 4 You - How accessible is your business?

Mobility Hire 4 You  - How accessible is your business?

Over recent years the leisure and holiday industry has seen massive improvements in accessibility for elderly and disabled customers within various attraction venues and locations.  But why have these organisations been continuously working on improving their ability to accommodate this market segment? Simply, the answer to this question lies in the fact that over 20% of people in England and Wales have an ‘activity limiting’ health problem or a disability.  Those people are constantly considering how accessible is the attraction venue that they are intending to visit. This market segment alone currently spends around £8.5 billion on day trips and around £3.2 billion on overnight trips in England.*

How Automower can solve your caravan park grass issues

Automower 520

The green space at your caravan park is no doubt your pride and joy – and a huge draw to families who want to be surrounded by grass where they can eat, play and relax. But how much time and money is spent on maintaining turf? Husqvarna – the Swedish brand which started off in the 1600s making shotguns, and today also sells under the  brands FlymoGardenaWeed Eater and McCulloch among others – launched its first robotic lawnmower 23 years ago and the brand is proving popular for groundskeepers tasked with taking care of acres of lawn.

Andrew Symons appointed dealer for Ransomes Jacobsen

Andrew Symons team

Agricultural engineer company Andrew Symons Ltd has been appointed as a new Ransomes Jacobsen dealer, representing the Ransomes, Jacobsen, E-Z-GO, Cushman, Turfco and Smithco brands. Andrew Symons Ltd. will cover a territory that includes Devon, Cornwall and Somerset.

Ransomes Jacobsen, a Textron Inc. company, operates as part of Textron Specialized Vehicles Inc., the manufacturer of Jacobsen and Ransomes turf-care equipment, E-Z-GO golf cars, and Cushman utility vehicles. In addition, Ransomes Jacobsen is the distributor for Turfco and Smithco equipment in the United Kingdom.

Five-star rating for caravan insurance provider

Caravan insurance Caravan Guard’s Director of Relations Neil Menzies

A specialist caravan insurance provider, Caravan Guard and Leisuredays, have scored the maximum five-star rating from independent research company Defaqto for yet another year. 

Defaqto, which rates, compares and analyses financial products, bestowed its highest honour to Caravan Guard’s tourer policy and Leisuredays’ holiday caravan insurance, in recognition of their highest standards of cover available in today’s caravan insurance market.

Caravan Guard’s touring caravan policy has been five-star rated since 2011 and Leisuredays’ holiday caravan policy for the last four years.