British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

British Holiday and Home Parks Association, David Bellamy Conservations Awards

Sandwich Leisure

Sandwich Leisure

The David Bellamy Conservation Awards is committed to making sure that everyone can enjoy the great British countryside. That’s why disability access is one of the criteria that are used to judge parks and why Sandwich Leisure Park in Kent have been given a discretionary award for its scheme to provide specialist trailers for the disabled.

To kick-start the project an area of the park has been adapted to give wheelchair access to a custom-made holiday home designed with disabled needs in mind. This is a groundbreaking initiative in partnership with the trailer manufacturers (Pemberton).

The two-bedroom home is built to the highest standards and has been designed to be easy to get around for someone in a wheelchair. For example, there is easy access via a ramp through double doors and the spacious shower room and toilet areas have been adapted for easy use. The extra large shower base is recessed into the floor to provide level access and a folding shower seat and lift-up toilet rail are fitted in addition to the essential fixed support and grab rails.

It is hoped to expand this scheme once it is established (and if it proves a success), and another area of the park has been set aside with this intention.

The special holiday home isn’t the only thing the park has done to assist those with disabilities, its new play area has been designed with disabled access in mind as has its toilet block which is part of the RADAR key access scheme and boasts ample easy-access facilities with showers and toilets for the disabled.