In March of 2015 we had some issues with wet ground despite the 200m land drain we fitted. Therefore I proceeded to secure planning permission for a road and hard standing pitches.
A weeks work and 270 tonnes of stone later we now have a road and five hard standing pitches with a depth of 6+ inches.
Luckily due to the very nice and dry weather we have been having over the end of September we have damaged the field very little with the diggers, dumpers and tractors.
The land drain we previously installed runs directly under the road, which should help to keep it in a good condition.
The pitches have a 10x3m long section to park the unit and a 5x3m long section to park a car, below are some pictures of the work and final road and pitches.
We have now secured planning permission to install the site facilities so we have hired a digger and dumper to start the works.
The site will have its own dedicated electrical supply which means we can provide five 16 Amp connections for caravans/motorhomes and four 16 Amp connections for tents/campervans. This week we have been digging the trench to distribute the power cables around the site.
The site also has its own dedicated water supply. Each caravan/motorhome pitch has its own supply and two taps for the super service pitches. We have also installed a drinking water tap in the area for the tents and one for the CDP (Chemical Disposal Point).
We have installed a cesspool tank specifically for the site, we will install the CDP in the next few weeks.
Surface Water Drainage
The field is a 1.3 acre square, we have installed a French drain as a smaller square within the field to help to provide good surface water drainage. The drain also runs in front of the caravan/motorhome pitches so you can deposit wastewater directly into the drain.
Next week we will start work on the concrete entrance from the road and the installation of 12m of grasscrete so you can pull directly onto the site without having to open the gate.
So it’s the start of 2014, back at the end of 2013 we received our letter from the Caravan and Camping Club stating that they would issue us with a certificate once the required works (CDP, fresh water supply etc) were installed. We have to get planning permission to install the cesspool tank and install some other features so we are waiting on that to start the work.
The other thing we are waiting on is for the field to dry out so we can get the digger on the field without breaking up the surface too much. This winter in some regions has been the wettest on record, and while on the ridge of a hill we are not susceptible to flooding we are also looking to improve the drainage of the field.
What this is a good time for though is putting in a willow hedge. From our location we get excellent views of the Staffordshire Moorlands, the town of Leek and the Peak District National Park, however it’s a bit exposed. Therefore to provide some protection I have started to put in a willow hedge, three rows deep. Once complete I will have put in roughly 1800 willow wands! The hedge will run for roughly 130m providing some protection from the prevailing winds, increase site privacy and reduce noise from the road.
The picture at the top of this post is of the direction the caravans/motorhomes will face, it’s a bit overcast/foggy today but I will be putting up some much better pictures in the future.