York and Hertfordshire sites win the Caravan and Motorhome Club’s 'Sites in Bloom' 2019 Awards
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.
York Beechwood Grange took first place in the ‘multi-couple’ (a set of site wardens and a set of assistant site wardens) category. This beautiful site is set in rolling countryside just outside the historic city of York. It is perfectly located for easy access to York city centre, home to the stunning York Minster, the JORVIK Viking Centre and the National Railway Museum. Hungry visitors can stop off at one of York’s many tearooms or cafes.
A short drive from York Beechwood Grange, explorers will find the famous Moors, home to miles of walking, cycling and horse-riding routes. Slightly further afield, renowned foodie destination Malton is a must-visit for those looking to sample the very best local produce. The charming seaside towns of Scarborough and Whitby both make for excellent day trips from the city too, each boasting great coastal views, beaches and buckets of history.
Located in the rolling countryside of north Hertfordshire, Ashridge Farm took first place in the ‘single couple’ category (one set of site wardens). Nestled in a wooded reserve but just a few miles from the A1, the site is perfect for those after a quiet break but are keen to explore. The picturesque village of Ashwell lies just a short walk from the site, home to many quaint 15th century cottages and local pubs. The surrounding countryside is marked with footpaths for keen walkers, and the rolling hills make the area perfect for cyclists.
The university city, Cambridge, is an excellent day trip from the site. Bursting with ancient buildings, the stunning river Cam and cobbled alleys, visitors can spend hours exploring this historical city. There are a number of quaint market towns also a short drive away, including Hitchin and Baldock. National Trust site Wimpole Hall, and the Duxford War Museum, are two other leading attractions near the site.
Harvey Alexander, Director of Marketing at the Caravan and Motorhome Club said: “I’d like to thank all our incredibly dedicated site wardens who work hard to ensure that every site in the network has attractive grounds. Every year we receive so many wonderful entries for the Awards, so huge congratulations to the winners and thank you to everyone who entered.”
The Sites in Bloom Awards were introduced in 2003 by Club Life Member, the late Alan Payne OBE, who wished to recognise the creative and horticultural skills of site wardens and volunteers and to showcase their success in making their sites colourful and welcoming.
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