York park set for big reveal come re-opening time

Andrew Wilson says the lockdown has at least allowed him to complete a number of new wildlife projects

A NORTH YORKSHIRE businessman who swapped cattle for caravans on part of his family’s farm has now taken on a fresh challenge – and hopes it won’t be too long before all can be revealed.

Earlier this year, Andrew Wilson became the new owner of York Naburn Lock Caravan Park on the outskirts of York which is presently closed until movement restrictions are lifted.

But when campers and caravanners are welcomed back, says Andrew, he hopes that guests will give a firm thumbs-up to its recent changes.

It was almost 15 years ago when Andrew opened part of his family’s 90-acre cattle farm to touring guests, providing a holiday base just two miles from York Minster.

Historic York and its minster are minutes away on the Ouse River Bus

Named York Caravan Park, its easy access to both the historic city and the surrounding countryside soon won a large and loyal following.

Its high quality standards also gained a top five-star grade from Visit England, and it today attracts visitors both from across the UK and mainland Europe.

Now Andrew has taken his winning formula to York Naburn Lock Caravan Park which, although just four miles from the city, is set in 30 acres of tranquil grounds beside the River Ouse.

The enforced shut-down of parks, he says, has at least enabled him to put the finishing touches to a series of projects which will benefit both guests and the natural world:

“There’s an amazing abundance of wildlife here, including many different resident and visiting bird species, and we’ve been busy installing owl and bird boxes around the park,” he said.

“We’re also keen to increase the number of wildflower areas so that their nectar can provide vital foraging for honey bees, butterflies and other pollinators.

“The park’s river path walk is also something of a magnet for aquatic life, including damsel flies, water fowl, and even seals and otters.

“Our pitches are set in separate paddocks which provide a more intimate feel to the park, and there’s also an adults-only area for those happy to escape the pattering of tiny feet!

“My young family think it’s a magical place, and I can’t wait until we get the go-ahead to start welcoming visitors once again,” added Andrew.

For visitors wishing to visit hard-to-park York city, there is the option of buses, bikes to hire, or the Ouse River Bus.

There is more information about York Naburn Lock Caravan Park, and the opportunity of booking online, on its website at www.yorknaburnlock.com

Set beside the River Ouse, York Naburn Lock is set in 30 peaceful acres, despite its proximity to the city

 

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