Well done to Duvall Park Homes, the picturesque park in Upper Heyford, Oxfordshire, that’s just scooped our prestigious Park of the Year award!
We received a shedload of original and entertaining nominations from readers at parks up and down the UK for the latest edition of our competition, which has been running for almost 20 years.
It’s always fantastic to be able to reward a park that’s both well run and genuinely loved by its residents. Duvall Park Homes certainly ticks all the appropriate boxes on that score, as our in-depth report on the winning park and the trophy presentation on page 10 illustrates.
We had a terrific time celebrating the victory with the park’s owner, Libby Durrant, and the residents when we arrived on site with the good news in July.
Thanks should also go to competition sponsor, Towergate Insurance, who provided the generous prize of £1,000 to be split equally between the resident whose purple prose stood out most to us - Jane Stubbs - and the park’s owners (on the proviso the £500 is spent on the park’s residents).
Adam and Lauren from the Cheltenham-based insurer take up a great deal of their time visiting residents around the UK and sponsoring our award represents the apex of their work in this field. Long may it continue!
But, as we all know, there are lots of other great residential parks in the country. We profile a brace of superb East Anglian sites - Anchor Park, near Snettisham, in Norfolk (see page 18), and Shepherd’s Grove, near Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk (see page 24). Anchor is a gorgeous park and the residents speak in glowing terms about life there.
Shepherd’s Grove, owned by the UK’s biggest residential operator, is another park in a top location. Backed, as it is, by Berkeleyparks, you’d be hard pushed to find better!
Aside from our annual Park of the Year prize, we’ve got a brilliant new competition you can enter. We’ve teamed up with Park Home Insulations to offer one one lucky reader the chance to win up to £6,000 worth of park home insulation products that could help cut your fuel bills by a staggering 65 per cent (see page 67).
Alex Melvin, Editor
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