GREENDALE FARM PARK, RUTLAND

ACCESS STATEMENT

                                                                                                               

                                

                                                   

Greendale is a small touring caravan & camping park with 13 pitches. It is set in undulating farmland along a country lane, with usually less than 10 vehicles an hour going past during the day. This does increase during harvest time. It is half a mile from both the A606 & the edge of the village of Whissendine. The whole site is discreet & bounded by thick hedges. Farm fields surround the site & consequently there are usually cattle or sheep nearby. Twelve pitches are besides a hedge so have no one behind them. In the middle of the country, Greendale may occasionally have some agricultural noise. However, with its quiet & relaxing ethos, lovely views & the chance to watch wildlife, especially birds on the feeders & in & out of the bird boxes, Greendale is a very peaceful & relaxing site.

There is a 5mph speed limit on site: the entrance & internal roads are of gravel. Pitches are staggered on either side of the road so that they do not face directly opposite each other.  The major part of the site is fairly flat but there is a slope down to a narrow brook as shown on the right. One tent pitch has a slight slope although it is still possible to find a flat area for the bedroom section. Two tent pitches are all weather, in that they have flat pea gravel on top of a sandy base. They have proved to be very popular, being cleaner, comfortable & still fine to get pegs through.

Other pitches are a mixture of [3] fully hardstanding, partially hardstanding [driving over grass to get to them with caravan & awning on the hard standing but car on grass] & one completely grass. This mixture offers more flexibility and visually is far preferable. Three pitches overlook the conservation area besides the steep wooded small brook. There is a slope down from the office, shop & amenities to these three [see picture to the right.] Access from shop/office/toilets to other pitches is level along a gravel path. People with visual problems should be aware that the path from the entrance around the utility block has a small raised kerb at the edge of the path. The internal roads are flat onto the grass.

The Office/Reception is clearly marked, signed towards & found at the far end of the amenity block. CCTV & a sensor buzzer alert the owners to new arrivals. The owners, Ian & Sue, live on site in a bungalow attached to the office so are usually nearby in the event of an emergency, besides being on hand to assist during your stay. Do ask! Sue is a trained first aider [current], has undergone disability awareness training & is an ex special needs teacher.

         New arrivals are shown to their pitch.  Help is always available, where necessary, with siting, manoeuvring, winding down legs etc. It is helpful if those requiring more physical help alert us in advance.

         A Site Information pack is provided to each unit on arrival including emergency & essential phone numbers & locations of doctors, hospitals etc. This pack is also available in larger print or on either CD or tape.

         Further extensive information is then available in the multi-use Shop/Tourism Information/Library room. This includes information about Oakham, public transport, taxis, shops, markets, farm shops, local information, eating out guide, whatís on & a very extensive range of tourist information. Sue & Ian are always happy to elaborate & offer suggestions.

         The sanitary block is small but equipped to a high standard. It is very difficult [being too small] for wheelchair access but has grab rails in the toilets & shower for support.

         The floor of the whole sanitary block has non slip tiles.

         A non slip stool is available in each of the showers.

         All cubicle doors open inward.

         There is one raised small step into the Gents & Ladies, shop & office.

         The Ladies also has a chair in the private cubicle. There is no space for one to be left in the Gents but the stool can be moved to the washing cubicle or a chair will be taken in temporarily on request.

         Showers [Mira Sport Thermostatic] are controlled by a simple push button to start & finish. They are not timed, nor do they need constant pressing. Temperature control can be changed but is usually left on the same comfortably hot setting. The shower head can be lifted from the wall. No tokens are needed as showers are free!

There is a step up into the Gents shower & a small step over into the Ladies shower.

         The outside door of the ladies block can be locked from the inside. By arrangement this area can be closed [with notice to other campers] at non peak times to enable a partner/carer to assist anyone needing support in this area.  This applies to either sex.

         Wherever possible any person with mobility problems will be given priority, with a pitch close to the amenities.

         Mobile phone networks have good coverage.

         A first aid manual & first aid box are available in the Office.

         A first aid box & fire blanket is in the shop area. Every new arrival is given the current code for the community area for 24 hour access. An emergency phone can be used in this room.

         Five pitches have 16amp electric hook-up, the rest have 10amp.

         Lights on site are in keeping with the rural location & conservation status. All external lights go off at approximately 11.30pm except at the entrance to both the ladies & gents. There is an emergency light, near the entrance, which comes on when the others go out. In side lights to the toilets are controlled by a light sensor & are on when it is dark.

         Public transport is available every hour but is a good half mile walk away. Taxis can be arranged. Anyone, arriving to the site on public transport, can ask the owners to collect them from the bus stop or railway station.

         The shop stocks some basic produce. Orders from the butcher can be arranged for the end of a week & a fishmonger can call on a Monday. A greengrocer will also deliver on a Monday if pre-ordered.  Ask Sue if you need other help with provisions.

         Sunday breakfasts & sometimes afternoon teas are available just outside or, more usually, inside the conservatory [normally a private area]. Access to this area is either by step or gradual ramp. If you are unable to access this room it will be brought to you.

 

 

Other than the conservatory, Greendale buildings are small & unable to provide the full disabled facilities for anyone in a wheelchair. THIS IS MADE UP FOR BY THE WILLING SUPPORT GIVEN FROM BOTH IAN & SUE.  PLEASE ASK Ė WE REALLY DONíT MIND!

 

We have very strong links with Rutland Sailability & offer anyone, with any form of disability, the opportunity to have a go at sailing, in a specially designed boat, on either Thursday, all day, or Saturday morning. Also ask about our electric bikes!

 

This statement is available in larger print, on CD / tape or direct discussion.