Is Spring Coming?
The sun is shining, the birds are singing, the bulbs are growing and the Park is re-opening (on Friday). Does this mean Spring is coming?!!! Let's hope so!
Busy Bees Over Winter
Whilst the Caravan Park has been closed over the winter period, we have been incredibly busy with our winter maintenance work and some new improvements.
We have installed new fencing down the left of the main driveway in order to give plots 61 to 70 more privacy and shelter. We think the fencing looks smart and also helps with pedestrian safety down the main driveway. It's quite a long run though so we think we will be kept very busy painting/treating all the panels!
We have also managed to finish the new lighting around the second half of the Park. We have completed the new lighting on the first half of the Park last summer and have now completed the remaining areas this month. The new lighting gives a much better spread of light helping with safety and security when it is dark.
Our contractors, Tony Skinner & Sons, have worked very hard over the past month with the work on the Park which has also included concreting some more plots/bases for some of our new customers, laying patio areas and footways, and laying block paved parking bays on several plots for some of our existing customers. The block paved parking bays offer a great improvement to customers' plots, making access a lot easier especially during wet weather and really enhance the look of the Park. If any new or existing customers are interested in having a block paved parking bay for their plot then please make enquiries at the Site Office.
We send a big thank you to Tony and his boys (Rob, Joe and Paige) for all their help this winter.
Jo and Mark of Bridge Farm Caravan Park are now members of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association (BH&HPA). BH&HPA are the national representative body of the Parks industry including Park Homes, Caravans, Chalets, Tents and all types of self-catering accommodation. As Members, Bridge Farm is now listed on www.ukparks.com and we have a responsibility to meet the Association's professional membership standards as regards our conduct and Park management.
Rain Rain Go Away!
The 2012 season has certainly been a little challenging on the weather front! We started the season in March to glorious sunshine, experiencing a particularly warm start. Those customers who managed to visit the Park in March may remember sitting outside and starting on their suntans early! However, no sooner had we notified customers about the hosepipe ban then the rain began and it doesn't seem to have stopped since! Met Office figures are indicating that this year has been the wettest in 100 years, and the second wettest since records began in 1910. Fingers crossed, 2013 will be the sunniest in 100 years!
On the farm however Mark has spent the past week getting very wet and cold in the bottom of the ditches around the fields on the farm trying to clear some of the field drains in an effort to get rid of some of the standing water on the farmland. Certainly one of the less glamorous sides of farming! Let's hope we have a drier winter from hereon to enable the crops to recover a little!
Birds Around The Park
Some of our bird loving customers have recently spotted a few more birds in the trees around the Caravan Park, around the Fishing Lake and the River Trader alongside the Park which don't appear on our main bird list on the Fishing & Wildlife page of our website. The latest spots include:-
Redwing : The redwing is most commonly encountered as a winter bird and is the UK's smallest true thrush. It has a distinctive creamy strip above the eye and orange-red flank patches. They roam across the UK's countryside, feeding in fields and hedgerows, rarely visiting gardens, except in the coldest weather when snow covers the fields.
Snipe : Look out on the River Trader for Snipe which are medium sized, skulking wading birds with short legs and long straight bills. They are mottled brown above, with paler buff stripes on the back, dark streaks on the chest and pale under parts.
Yellow Hammer : Part of the Buntings family, Yellow Hammers have unmistakeable bright yellow head and underparts, brown back streaked with black, and chestnut rump. In flight it shows white outer tail feathers. Often seen perched on top of a hedge or bush, singing. Its recent population decline make it a Red List species.
Thank you John and Delia for letting us know about the above. If any other customers catch sight of any birds which are not listed then please let us know!