Sites in Bloom winners


Scarborough West Ayton (North Yorkshire) and Garlieston (Dumfries and Galloway) Caravan Club Sites, have taken top honours at The Caravan Club ‘Sites in Bloom’ 2016 competition.

Set on several levels amongst abundant greenery the Scarborough West Ayton Site scooped the prestigious Sites in Bloom award in the ‘multi-couple’ category (a set of wardens and two sets of assistant wardens). With Scarborough in easy reach of the site, members can enjoy safe bathing at the family friendly beach as well as nearby attractions including the Sea Life Centre, RSPB Reserve at Bempton Cliff and the North York Moors National Park.

In first place for the ‘single couple’ category (one set of wardens), the Garlieston Site was commended for its well-kept, peaceful gardens. The caravan site is well located for fishing, boating, cycling and walking, with adjacent access to a coastal path leading to the famed azaleas and rhododendrons of Galloway House Gardens.

Joint second in the ‘multi-couple’ category were the Coed-Y-Llwyn and Malvern Hills Sites and in joint second for the ‘single couple’ category were Steamer Quay and High Onn.

The Sites in Bloom awards were introduced in 2003 by Executive Member and Caravan Club Life Member, the late Alan Payne OBE, who wished to recognise the creative and horticultural skills of site staff and volunteers, and to showcase their success in making their sites colourful and welcoming.

The displays were evaluated using criteria including layout and creative use of space, variety, innovation, flair and colour coordination, with particular attention being paid to economy and low maintenance. The geographical location of the site is also taken into account by the judges and the fact that plant species are chosen to suit the local environment.

The Caravan Club’s head of site operations, Neil Windeatt said:

“Due to the incredibly high standards of all of the sites on our network, competition this year was particularly fierce. We are incredibly lucky to have such dedicated staff at our sites across the UK and the beautiful grounds are testament to their commitment to offering best possible touring holiday experience here in the UK.”

The Rt Hon Sir Nicholas Soames, Conservative MP for Mid Sussex presented the site staff with the magnificent Alan Payne Trophy for their fantastic horticultural achievement at The Club’s annual Parliamentary Reception on 14 November 2016.

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