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  • And They're Off - Easter 2009

    And they’re off…


    The 2009 season is officially underway at Greenacres! On Thursday 2nd April we unlocked the gate and toasted a bottle of bubbly in celebration. The first campers of the year arrived the next day, headed by Stuart, who showed his true green credentials by cycling from Shepton Mallet. A handful of other guests arrived for the weekend too, and we waited anxiously to hear what they thought of the site – OUR site. We need not have worried – the charm of the place quickly got to work on our guests and they were soon telling us how much they loved it too.Rocking Horse


    I have to admit, the site did look fantastic in the spring sunshine. We had trimmed the grass quite low on its 5th cut of the year and our farmer neighbour Ed had trimmed all the hedges. So the stage was set for our first real test – the busy Easter weekend. The weather forecast didn’t look too brilliant, but after a few showers on Good Friday, the rest of the Easter break was bathed in glorious sunshine. Our guests were all very complimentary and many have already booked to return later in the season. We’re already almost fully booked for both May Bank Holidays. Children just loved the space, with the little ones quickly zooming-in on the Wendy houses. 


    The following week things quietened down a little and we breathed a big sigh of relief. We’d had such a hectic time getting the site onto the starting grid. The electrics had turned into a very major project – first installing a brand new supply direct to the camp site, then some more unexpected work to achieve the standards necessary for an electrical test certificate. We needed some re-work on our electric hook-ups, but everything is now in order and how it should be going forward.


    ChaffinchI also spent several hours in the sunshine giving the play equipment animals a new coat (or two) of paint. Having bought every colour of Hammerite in the shop, they now look splendid. Next on the list is a more major refurbishment of our slide. An inquisitive Chaffinch kept me company for most of the time – I even managed to get a decent picture of him, although it took a while to get the paint off the camera afterwards!

    The wildlife highlight this week was definitely the return of the Swallows. Their effortless acrobatics puts a smile on everyone’s face. The great news is that they are using the nest in the campsite Shower block. When young children are stood by the new washing-up sink it’s a fantastic thrill telling them to look up, then watching their faces light up as they spot the birds perched on the ledge by the nest.


    Our own “nest” at the moment is a caravan, parked between our building site and the chicken shed. It’s not ideal as a reception facility, but we’re as well set up as we can be & it won’t last forever. The house builders are making excellent progress in the spring weather – a full update on our building work next time.


    Best wishes,


    Camping Magazine - May 2009Our 2009 season started with excellent news - Greenacres was selected within the TOP 10 of "50 Great Sites" chosen by Camping Magazine.

    In the May 2009 edition of Camping, columnist Andy Stothert picked out 50 of "the very best multi-visit campsites for 2009".

    Greenacres features as No 9 in the list and is described as "A spacious beautifully maintained site dedicated to providing memorable camping holidays for young families.... where the young can exhaust themselves safely in view of parents and with no vehicles allowed to intrude."

    All the sites at the top of the list are much larger than Greenacres - some with 1000 pitches - so we are thrilled to be punching above our weight !

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