Just north of Bristol and nestled between the Severn Estuary and Cotswolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, lie the plains of South Gloucestershire, home to a wealth of natural parks, historic battlefields and open green spaces. Situated in a remarkable corner of England, with settlements rich in history and culture such as Bristol, Bath and Glastonbury in the surrounding areas, South Gloucestershire is a perfect starting point to explore the fascinating past of our nation. It is also where you will find the Woodlands park, perfectly poised to discover what the South West has to offer. Read on to find out why Woodlands is the perfect place for your park home.
About Woodlands Park
Situated near Almondsbury in Gloucestershire, Woodlands is a slice of peace and paradise perfect for a relaxing pace of life. The high-quality homes are fully furnished and well-equipped to allow you to settle into life on the park with ease. It’s also near enough to local amenities that sourcing food and groceries are never a problem. With several supermarkets in the surrounding area, a local high street and regular buses to Bristol and other areas, you are always well-connected at Woodlands. Cribbs Causeway, a modern shopping and entertainment complex, boasts a wealth of options for shopping and eating out, and is just a short trip away using the car or bus.
For semi-retired residents who need to come and go often, Woodlands’ location is a huge advantage. Less than a mile from Bristol Parkway rail station, and with the intersection of the M4 and M5 motorways nearby, you are never far from the peaceful and relaxing atmosphere of Woodlands, no matter how you choose to travel.
However, Woodlands’ selling point really is its proximity to a wealth of natural beauty and historical landmarks; surrounded on all sides by ancient towns and stunning scenery, there is so much to do in this area. We will try to cover just some of it for you here.
The park is served by regular buses and good motorway access to the ancient country settlement of Bristol, a city steeped in history, with Georgian streets, Gothic masterpieces and castles aplenty, but which also boasts newer attractions such as the Cabot Circus shopping centre, an aquarium and science centre. Take the short journey from Woodlands by bus or by car to discover just how much Bristol has to offer.
Roam the aisles of the covered St. Nicholas Market, where every day you will find traditional stalls such as florists, food outlets, and textile sellers. There are different specialist markets throughout the week ranging from farmer’s markets, to arts and crafts, to a flea market on Saturdays. Bristol has a booming independent scene and St. Nicholas is just one of the markets the city has to offer. Others include the Harbourside Market, Whiteladies Road Market, Tobacco Factory Market, Temple Quay Market and Finzels Reach Market, each open on different days and boasting various specialities, from local produce to creative offerings.
History fans will relish in the range of buildings and museums that Bristol has to offer, from the Norman castle in Castle Park, to Thornbury Castle and the Red Lodge Museum, showcasing Bristol’s Tudor era. Bristol’s maritime history as a major trading port is also visible in the M Shed Museum and the SS Great Britain – one of Isombard Kingdom Brunel’s most famous works. Bristol holds Brunel dear, as he did so much for the city, linking it to London through the Great Western Railway and opening shipping routes between Bristol and New York City. There is a museum dedicated to his works, where many of his drawings and possessions are now kept, and his world-famous Clifton Suspension Bridge is also a stone’s throw from the city centre – it’s definitely worth a visit!
If you fancy venturing a little further for a day trip, the equally historic city of Bath is just 40 minutes away by car. A Roman city now designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, there is so much to do in this picturesque town, from shopping in the modern shopping quarters, to marvelling at the iconic architecture of The Circus, to celebrating British literature at the Jane Austen Centre. Or you could follow in the footsteps of centuries’ worth of tourists and bathe in the hot springs – this is what the city is most famous for, after all! There have been Roman baths here since AD43, and the city is home to the UK’s only naturally occurring hot springs. Wandering the streets of the nearby village of Lacock will transport you back to Medieval times, and the stunning Abbey is a must-see attraction.
If you prefer to spend your leisure time roaming the promenades and taking in the fresh sea air, then, great news – a short hop along the motorway and you will find the seaside resorts of Portishead, Clevedon, and Weston-Super-Mare; North Somerset’s gems with miles of breath-taking coastline between them. Cyclists and walkers will find plenty to explore here, with designated paths and trails throughout the region linking the various towns. Take in the Grade 1 listed pier at Clevedon or spend a relaxing afternoon on the boating lake at Portishead. And, of course, don’t forget to stop for fish and chips afterwards!
Heading east of the park will lead to the Cotswolds, a treasure trove of market towns, palaces, castles and country houses – many built using the signature honey-coloured stone that gives the region its unique identity. The rolling hills have inspired writers and poets for centuries, some of whom are Britain’s most renowned authors: J.R.R. Tolkien, Jane Austen, J.M. Barrie, Beatrix Potter, among many others. Why not discover for yourself the region that resounded with such an array of prolific artists? The Cotswolds are ideal to tour by car, stopping at the endless villages and market towns encircled by breathtakingly rolling hills, and of course the dozens of traditional country pubs deserve a mention! The larger towns of Gloucester and Cheltenham are home to many of the more modern amenities, but still retaining their historic charm.
Berkeley Castle, a stunning building from 1154 which has featured in more TV dramas than we care to count, is only a few miles from Woodlands and is situated on the edge of the Cotswolds. Framed by the green fields of Berkeley Vale, the castle is stunningly beautiful and well worth a visit in summer. Here, you can take a stroll in the Gardens, visit the Butterfly House, marvel at the portraits of monarchs from centuries past, admire centuries of history and art adorning the walls of the castle, or take in the battle scars of the Civil War, when the castle’s wall was breached. The castle also holds many Medieval-themed events throughout the summer, including a jester’s competition and archery shows.
Avon Valley Railway
Railway fans – or those who would just like a taste of train travel from days gone by – will love the Avon Valley Railway. The organisation holds a huge variety of events on their steam trains, including dining services where you can enjoy fresh local produce prepared by onboard chefs, High Tea train rides, lunchtime fish and chip services, murder mystery trains, and 1940s-themed events. There is even the opportunity to embrace a childhood dream and drive a steam locomotive! So why not take a trip through time and relax in your seat while watching the glorious scenery of the Avon Valley glide past the window? The departure point at Bitton is approximately 30 minutes away from Woodlands by car.
Just across the Severn Estuary, and into neighbouring Wales, lies the Wye Valley Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. An idyllic region with rolling green hills, this area plays host to natural attractions just as well as it does man-made ones. Chepstow Castle and Caldicot Castle are some of the closest to Woodlands but venturing further into the valley you will find Tintern Abbey, Parva Farm vineyard with a picnic area, hedge mazes, an independent bookshop and countless stunning walking routes. This region is the perfect spot for a day trip or longer. Chepstow is served by bus from Cribbs Causeway, taking around 30 minutes, or in the car it would take around twenty minutes from Woodlands.
Why choose Woodlands Park?
With a huge variety of on-site activities and facilities, Woodlands really is the premier park in the area. Residents here can enjoy the range of activities taking place in the park itself, including a resident-run licensed club, bingo every day, coffee mornings, line dancing classes among others. A mobile library even visits on a regular basis for the avid readers!
This is a great spot for sport lovers with a nearby tennis club, football, sports centre and other amenities in the nearby Almondsbury area: there is plenty to keep you fit and entertained! And this isn’t just our opinion – there are many residents who’ve called Woodlands their home for twenty years and even longer.
BERKELEYPARKS RESIDENTIAL PARK RULES
PARK RULES FOR WOODLANDS PARK
In these rules:
• “occupier” means anyone who occupies a park home, whether under an Agreement to which the Mobile Homes Act 1983 applies or under a tenancy or any other agreement.
• “you” and “your” refers to the homeowner and any other occupier of a park home
• “we” and “our” refers to the park owner
These rules are in place to ensure acceptable standards are maintained on the park, which will be of general benefit to occupiers, and to promote and maintain community cohesion. They form part of the Agreement by which homeowners occupy the pitch in accordance with the Mobile Homes Act 1983, as amended.
With one exception the rules also apply to any occupiers of park homes who rent their home.
The only rule which does not apply to occupiers who rent their home is rule 30 about the colour of the exterior of the home, as someone renting their home would not be responsible for exterior maintenance.
None of these rules is to have retrospective effect. Accordingly:
• they are only to apply from the date on which they take effect, which is 5th November 2014; and
• no occupier who is in occupation on that date will be treated as being in breach due to circumstances which were in existence on that date and which would not have been a breach of the rules in existence before that date.
These rules also apply (for so long as they live on the park) to the park owner and any employees, with the exception of the following rules 13, 15 and 24. The Park Owner does not accept any liability whatsoever for loss or damage to any property of the Homeowner, including the park home, their family or any visitor to the park.
Condition of the Pitch
1. For reasons of ventilation and safety you must keep the underneath of your home clear and not use it as a storage space.
2. You must not erect fences or other means of enclosure unless you have obtained our approval (which will not be unreasonably withheld or delayed). You must position the fences and any other means of enclosure so as to comply with the park’s site licence conditions and fire safety requirements and to a maximum of 1m in height. Park boundary hedges and or fences must not be interfered with and no unauthorised entrances to the park are permitted.
3. Trees and Shrubs and other planting must not be permitted to grow to a size or shape to interfere with a neighbour’s pitch. Vegetables are not to be grown.
4. You must not have external fires, including use of incinerators.
5. You must not keep inflammable substances on the park except in quantities reasonable for domestic use.
6. You must not keep explosive substances on the park. Storage
7. You must not have more than one storage shed on the pitch. Where you source the shed yourself the design, standard and size of the shed must be approved by us in writing (approval will not be withheld unreasonably). You must position the shed so as to comply with the park’s site licence and fire safety requirements. The footprint of the shed shall not exceed 48ft² or 4.47m². 2
8. You must not have any storage receptacle on the pitch other than the shed referred to in rule 7 and any receptacle for the storage of domestic waste pending collection by the local authority.
9. You must ensure that any structure erected in the separation space between park homes is of non-combustible construction and positioned so as to comply with the park’s site licence conditions and fire safety requirements. The separation space is the space between your park home and any neighbouring home. Refuse 10. You are responsible for the disposal of all household, recyclable and garden waste in approved containers through the local authority service. You must not overfill containers and must place them in the approved position for the local authority collections.
11. You must not deposit any waste or rubbish other than in local authority approved containers on any part of the park (including any individual pitch). Business Activities
12. You must not use the park home, the pitch or the park (or any part of the park) for any business purpose and you must not use the park home or the pitch for storage of stock, plant, machinery or equipment used or last used for any business purpose. However, you are at liberty to work individually from home by carrying out any office work of a type which does not create a nuisance to other occupiers and does not involve other staff, other workers, customers or members of the public calling at the park home or the park. Age of Occupants
13. No person under the age of 50 years may reside in a park home, with the exception of the park owner, park manager and their family etc. Noise Nuisance
14. You must not use musical instruments, all forms of recorded music players, radios and other similar appliances and motor vehicles so as to cause a nuisance to other occupiers. 3 Pets
15. You must not keep any pet or animal at the park home or on the pitch. Rule 15 does not apply to pets owned by the park owner, park manager and their family etc.
16. Nothing in rule 15 of these Park Rules prevents you from keeping an assistance dog if this is required to support your disability and Assistance Dogs UK or any successor body has issued you with an Identification Book or other appropriate evidence. Water
17. You must only use fire point hoses in case of fire.
18. You must protect all external water pipes from potential frost damage. Vacant Pitches
19. You must not access vacant pitches and must not disturb building materials and plant. Vehicles and Parking
20. You must drive all vehicles on the park carefully and within the displayed speed limit.
21. Parking is only permitted for one vehicle per park home.
22. You must not park on the roads or grass verges.
23. You must not park anywhere except in the permitted parking spaces.
24. Other than for delivering goods and services, you must not park or allow parking of commercial vehicles of any sort including:
• light commercial or light goods vehicles as described in the vehicle taxation legislation and;
• vehicles intended for domestic use but derived from or adapted from such a commercial vehicle. 4 With the exceptions of commercial vehicles operated by the park owner, park manager and their family etc.
25. You must not park Boats, Camper Vans, Motorhomes, Touring Caravans or Trailers of any sort on the park.
26. You must hold a current driving licence and be insured to drive any vehicle which is your responsibility on the park. You must also ensure that any vehicle you drive on the park is taxed in accordance with the requirements of law and is in a roadworthy condition.
27. Disused or unroadworthy vehicles must not be kept anywhere on the park. We reserve the right to remove any vehicle which is apparently abandoned.
28. You must not carry out the following works or repairs on the park: (a) major vehicle repairs involving dismantling of part(s) of the engine (b) works which involve the removal of lubricants or fuel. Weapons
29. You must not use or display guns, firearms and offensive weapons (including crossbows) on the park and you may only keep them on the pitch or in your home if you hold the appropriate licence, a copy of which should be provided to the park owners, and they are securely stored in accordance with that licence. External Decoration
30. Homeowners must maintain the outside of their park home in a clean and tidy condition. Where the exterior is repainted or recovered homeowners must use reasonable endeavours not to depart from the original exterior colour-scheme.
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