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Christmas 2013

Although it is only early September, the details for this year's Christmas and New Year packages have already been sent out and we only have very limited availability left for these popular packages.  If you would like to receive information, please do not hesitate to contact us. ...

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Ross Park Gardens

Moving towards the end of another season, but what a good season it has been.  The last few years have been such a struggle, trying to keep one step ahead of the unpredictable and often very wet weather in the summer.  We have had many comments on the flowers we've grown this year –in particular, the shower bed has been a riot of pink (Cleome), blue(Salvia and Agastache) and white(Cosmos) and the bed near the shop entrance (new this year) has also attracted a lot of attention.  The new shop bed will be different again next year – some of the plants this year have ...

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All pitches now hardstanding

Having struggled with the poor weather during last summer, we decided to change the remaining grass pitches to hardstanding in the winter.  And the result? A fantastic summer!  We did keep quite a bit of grass around the pitches however so that guests can enjoy sitting out in the sunshine and were able to make three into fully serviced.  They have all proved to be very popular over the season and we hope to put the finishing touches of the fences and climbing plants during the coming months. ...

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Top 100 Awards February 2013

We had a trip to the NEC on 19thFebruary to attend the Practical Caravan Top 100 awards presentations and are delighted that Ross Park was once again voted as Regional Winner for Devon as well as being voted as the Best Pet Friendly Park for the fourth year in a row.  We are thrilled with this result and are absolutely delighted that you enjoyed your holidays at Ross Park enough to vote for us.  We will not rest on our laurels however and will work as hard as ever to continue to improve the facilities at Ross Park, so that your holidays here will be all that you wish them to be.&n ...

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Festive Fun at Ross Park

The Christmas and New Year decorations are all packed away now and the celebrations seem a long time ago now but a good time was had by all in the friendly atmosphere and lots of our guests had gone to huge effort with the decorations on the caravans and motorhomes, making them look as amazing as ever. Even Father Christmas visited with a small gift for everyone!  Many guests were up on the dance floor and enjoying the dancing and Dave Banana made his customary appearance in his kilt to help us see in the New Year with his great entertaining. ...

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The First Daffodils Of Spring

Although it is only the middle of February, we have picked the first bunch of daffodils for 2013.  The warm weather last weekend gave them that bit if encouragement needed to come into bloom and we look forward to many more weeks of the beautiful yellow flowers, as the various varieties have been planted specifically to come into bloom at different times.  The sight of daffodils always seems to help lift the grey and gloom of winter, heralding the onset of spring. ...

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Bee Hives Over The Winter

The bees are all tucked away still for the winter but they are still being fed, at the moment with candy bars, the liquid feed of syrup not being to their liking at this time of year apparently.  Hopefully the weather will be better this spring and they will be able to feast on the cherry blossoms which are next to the bee hives – last year unfortunately it was very wet and windy and all the blossoms were blown away before the bees had a chance to enjoy all the lovely nectar from the cherry trees.  The few jars of honey that were collected were very much in demand. ...

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Countdown to Christmas 2012

When we started our Christmas preparations in the summer, the festive season seemed such a long way away and now is literally just round the corner! The Christmas package is now fully booked however there are a couple of spaces available for the New Year package. The decorations are all down from the attic and over the next few weeks the restaurant will be transformed in readiness for the festivities. The furniture in the restaurant has been moved around so that we can add in the extra tables and Rob will shortly be creating the menus. We are checking over the outside lights so that our ...

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Keeping vigilant for Ash dieback

You may have heard about the disease known as 'Ash dieback' that has killed off woods in Europe and now threatens the UK's forests. To date it has not been found in Devon but Ella is keeping a close eye on all the Ash trees at Ross Park.  It's harder to detect in winter as the trees naturally lose their leaves during this time of year but Ella is looking out for the telltale dark lesions on the bark and will monitor the leaves next spring. ...

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New Staff Member

We are delighted to welcome Susan as the newest member of our office team.  Susan started at the beginning of November and will be answering your queries, taking bookings as well as being involved in the day to day running of the office.  We are sure you will enjoy meeting her and chatting to her either over the phone or in person when you next visit us.   ...

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Autumn update on Honey

It turned out that actually the bees were quite active during the summer, as when the owner of the hives came to empty them, he was pleasantly surprised at the amount of honey that had been produced. We are waiting for him to put the honey into jars and hopefully will have more for sale than the 20 jars which we had last year.  The bees will now remain inactive until the spring but the owner comes from time to time to check on them even during the winter. ...

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Christmas 2012

Although it seems a long way off at the moment, our preparations for the festivities are well under way and we only have a few spaces left for Christmas. We look forward to another enjoyable ten days over the festive period and to welcoming all our guests at that time. ...

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Diamond Jubilee

Starting with Diamond Jubilee there has been much to celebrate this year. The weather in June was reasonably good for the celebrations including the BBQ at Ross Park and the two days of festivities in Ipplepen, which many of our guests enjoyed including the fabulous views from our leisure field of the fireworks in the centre of the village. After the Jubilee many of our guests went to see the Olympic torch as it passed close by and then of course we all enjoyed the magnificent London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, from the opening ceremony to the wonderful sporting achievements.  & ...

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Ross Park Gardens Summer 2012

Under the circumstances the park has looked pretty good this year! The bedding plants have not all enjoyed the weather, but we grow quite a range to cover all eventualities. The million bells petunias have been heroic through rainstorms and gales and provided good colour all summer. In the conservatory, obviously everything is protected from the worst extremes of weather. In a more usual summer it does become very hot and dry in there and not all the plants like that. If plants are stressed they are more susceptible to disease and pests (just like people really!). So some of them have a ...

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Not much honey in summer 2012!

Sadly due to the wet weather which we experienced this summer, the bees did not produce much honey at all.  We still have the six hives and hope for more jars next year. ...

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Refurbishment of the front showers

This year, it was the turn of the front showers to be refurbished.  They have all been re-tiled, new sanitary ware has been added throughout and under-floor heating now replaces the radiators to give more constant warmth.  These showers have been greatly appreciated and although people seem to have their favourite room, there is now equal demand for all of the showers! ...

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Ross Park Gardens

Since the dreaded “Drought” was mentioned, we have all been suffering the wet weather!  It hasn't had too an adverse effect on the plants however, although many are a little bit behind where they would normally be at the moment.  Behind the scenes the bedding plants and baskets are growing on. Needless to say, no busy lizzies are being grown this year (due to Impatiens Downy Mildew). They are particularly useful for growing in dry, shady areas – but not when they suffer from disease which wipes them out mid-season, as happened here last year!  Million b ...

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Bee Hives at Ross Park

We have had our first delivery of honey from the Ross Park bees.  It has a wonderful flavour but sadly we didn't have many jars as this was the first collection of honey from the two hives that have been with us since last summer.  There are now six hives and so we anticipate having a lot more honey this season!  With the sunny weather with us at last the bees are very active and we are waiting for the return of one of the hives that was taken to the Devon County Show: the hive was put behind glass so that people can see the bees at work inside the hive without the risk of be ...

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Season Opening

The Park is up and running again and we are finishing off all the winter projects, so you will see a number of changes at Ross Park when you next come to visit us. More to follow soon… ...

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Awards

  AA Campsite of the Year Award In April, we were happy to gather together many of our guests to join us for the presentation of our AA Campsite of the Year Award.  Everyone enjoyed the delicious homemade cakes and biscuits even though the weather wasn't good enough to have the photos taken outside. In February attended the Practical Caravan Magazine's Top 100 Parks Awards where Ross Park was once again voted  Regional Winner for Devon and overall Best Pet friendly Site. We were delighted to win these awards especially with them coming soon after being a ...

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Christmas Festivities

The 2011 Christmas festivities were once again a great success, with top quality food and lively entertainment. The weather also played its part allowing people to appreciate the Devon countryside as well as enjoying the Christmas and New Year celebrations. We would like to say thank you to all of you who joined us and helped us make this such a memorable time especially with the wonderful displays of Christmas decorations on your caravans and motorhomes. We look forward to welcoming you back to Ross Park for this year's festivities or even maybe before. ...

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