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Early winter catch-up

I’ve not posted for quite a while now. Not that things have stopped on the site, but admittedly developments have slowed down, mainly due to weather conditions, but also because piles of mud being used to fill and level areas on the site, don’t make for particularly good photos. 😉

So, bringing you up to speed on what’s been going on for the past few months.

Ring road now completed

One of the main roadways into and around the site, has been completed to the stage where it will just need smoothing out a little, and then topped with gravel. This helps during these winter months with navigating around the site with heavy machinery and allowing constant access to monitor the site without getting stuck.

CCTV & Security Alarm system

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had a complete state-of-the-art security system installed ready to provide security and protection for our customers wishing to store caravans on site. This system consists of 24 hour remote monitored CCTV IR dome cameras and an intruder alert system which signals the loudest alarm I have ever heard!!

Caravan Storage

Since the CCTV and alarm systems were installed we have been busy taking on caravans for internal storage while we wait for approval from SKDC for external storage permission, and have a few places left still, but very happy we’ve started trading at last.


It only took BT and OpenReach FOUR MONTHS to get a new telephone line installed, quite an achievement really! SO, we now have a direct line for you to contact us on and arrange for your caravan storage. 01778 561 225.

This has also allowed us to start promoting this new number and hence have a second sign at the front entrance now, which will hopefully bring in some business.


A legacy of past times, still clings on to a large area of the site – POTS – we have a huge amount of pots to get rid of, as they won’t all become hardcore and only a certain amount of road is needed!!! SO, if you have any leads for any business or individual;  wanting these pots we are pretty much giving them away for £10 a pallet! Contact me for details and a visit.

A plume found

I popped over to water the trees and shrubs today and took a walk round, only to find a huge amount of male peacock plume feathers scattered far and wide over the back part of the site. I do hope our friendly neighbourhood king peacock hasn’t met his unfortunate demise!! I’ve collected all the feathers…

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roundabout phase 1 complete

By looking at the photo, you would have no idea how much time and effort has gone into getting the Area 5 roundabout to this stage. After a HUGE amount of back-breaking, shoulder crunching clearance work, thanks to Julie, Wayne, Sam and others, I have now formed an almost level central bed for the roundabout to encompass. I’m looking forward to planting it up now, complimenting the existing willow trees.

Area 5 roundabout phase 1 complete

Area 5 roundabout phase 1 complete

The actual roundabout road, will be (as usual) underlaid with a reasonable depth of hardcore, as on digging down, we have found a considerable layer of light brown clay, and beneath this a very dark and somewhat pungent layer of sticky, silty soil. There was also a small band of large grade gravel running across what once was a water cress bed.

The aim of the roundabout is to minimise the infrastructure impact on this area, whilst maximising the space available for landscaping and caravan parking. Even though a large proportion of this area has a concrete slab over it, as it was where the main work buildings were sited, grading up to the concrete with grass should look just fine.

Roller shutter automation

Yesterday, a local firm came over to Cresslands holding in their sizeable van an arm saving device! For over a year now, every time I needed to gain access to the storage unit for anything larger than will fit through an average sized door, I had to chain lift the roller shutter door manually. Being over 6m wide and made of metal, it’s HEAVY! – But now – ta-da we have a brand new motorised unit that does the hard work for me. Oh the joy of just pushing a button.

The glorious control box

The glorious control box

It’s a sign!

Today another monumental moment in the Cresslands development was reached – we have signage! The long deliberated over and carefully planned main sign for the top of the storage unit was delivered and expertly installed. It fits just right and proportionally spot on in my opinion. Very exciting, as it brings the whole project even … View this gallery

Hedge, bed and roadway

Had a really productive day today. Sam came over to help out and we first set to finishing one side of the front hawthorn hedge up to the main entrance. We have taken it back quite a lot from the inside to provide a neat edge and to give us a little more room. Very pleased with the result, even if my highly critical eye does tell that it rises, ever-so slightly, towards the entrance. Once it grows we can hedge trim it all down to level.

Viewing the hedge from the other side of the main road.

Viewing the hedge from the other side of the main road.

Showing left hand side hedge and bed

Showing left hand side hedge and bed

Whilst Sam set to burning all the hedge trimmings, I collected around 10 bucket loads of soil in the JCB. I brought it over to the left hand bed and continued to build it along the inside hedge, then marked out how far it will extend up to curbs.

Left hand entrance bed, shaping up nicely.

Left hand entrance bed, shaping up nicely.

Left to my own devices, I jumped back into the JCB and went over to the riverside drive, knowing our friendly lorry driver Jim had brought us some hardcore to lay down. He reverses his lorry all the way round the new roadway up to the twin pines and dumps his load. Thanks Jim!! As I was setting the JCB up to use the rear axle, I glanced over and spotted a kingfisher zooming along the river like a metallic blue bullet, beautiful birds and I’m sure it had food in its mouth. Continue Reading

We have power!!!

A monumental day today in the Cresslands development – We have POWER!!!

We’ve been waiting for this with eager anticipation for around 6 months now. We’ve overcome lots of hurdles and numerous plan changes along the way, to actually get electricity onto the site again! Whoop! 🙂

It all looks rather impressive and if I’m honest totally over my head – all I know is I now have a 13 amp socket I can plug stuff into. Happy Days.

Electricity at last!!!

Electricity at last!!

Mad Mule!

Much progress was made on the front hedge this afternoon. Sam was in the JCB bucket hitched up to the level of where we are taking the hawthorn down to, hacking and slashing at it like a mad mule! (sorry – I mean carefully cutting and snipping with all health and safety precautions in place!) – seriously though, we’ve got a system going now and looking good it is! Getting the height level is the hard part, but with a few trips to the other side of the road to check I reckon it’s not far out.

Hedge Mule 01

Yes, that’s Sam in a JCB bucket 10 ft off the ground using a chainsaw!

Hedge Mule 02

Hawthorn hedge trim

Sam and I had our second attempt at getting the front hedge cut down to a reasonable height. This will do a few things in the long run… help to dampen noise from the road; thicken the hedge lower down to make the site more sheltered and secluded; make the signage on the main shed building easily viewable from the road and is also stipulated in the planning conditions.

Our first go was any but easy and we both ended up with cuts and scratches all over our arms. This time, we got the trusty JCB out and used the front bucket to ease us up to the right height so we can gradually take the hedge down to the level required.

Hawthorn Hedge frontage gets a decent trim

Hawthorn Hedge frontage gets a decent trim

Lick of paint

Had a marvellous weekend with some bezzies over. Duncan came armed with a second chainsaw and Suzanne got a crash (no she didn’t!) course in how to handle a JCB!

Yesterday morning before a nice long walk along the river to give Kushi a run out, they set to painting the fence one side of the main gateway. I finished the other side this morning and both need a second coat, but looking really good already. It brings them to the attention a little more from the road, and sets them off against the dark green of the shed building.

All the silver birch trees just behind the fence have taken, some ahead of the others but leaves appearing all round, which I am very pleased about. The small Lonicera shrubs along the front will bring some added colour eventually too.

The Kerridge Crew! :)

The Kerridge Crew! 🙂