During their stay at Silver Glades, guests are encouraged to use the garden and footpaths through the surrounding area to explore and enjoy the local environment.
The grounds of the caravan park are set out as a garden with paths, seating, games areas and children’s playground. The garden is managed to make the most of the native plants which grow naturally in the area, whilst encouraging wildlife, increasing biodiversity and providing interest and colour throughout the seasons. The 3.5 acres of garden which make up Silver Glades Caravan Park are divided into two distinct areas, the park garden and the woodland garden.
The park garden covers about two thirds of the site and contains the ten caravans which are arranged around the edge to provide a view of the garden. Here the grass is mainly kept short and there are large islands of herbaceous and shrub planting, a young orchard, a rose garden, smaller specimen trees and native hedging. Chosen areas of grass around the edge are allowed to grow naturally so that the native wild flowers can be seen; when the clover is in flower, patches are left in the lawn to support wildlife. The park garden also contains the children’s playground and most of the outdoor games facilities. However, it is large enough to allow children to play happily without interfering with other guests’ relaxation.
The Woodland garden is kept as natural as possible, with native trees, hedging, large shrubs and occasional areas of informal planting. The trees are mostly Oak with some Ash and Horse Chestnut. There are occasional other species such as Holly, Hornbeam, Blackthorn and Hawthorn. Recently, disease-resistant Elms have been introduced and Willows have been added around the wetland. The margins are left as wildlife habitat with dense undergrowth and a dead wood hedge has been built along one boundary. There is a small clearing in the centre with a living viewing hide and a feeding station where guests can leave surplus food to encourage wildlife into view.
Although the woodland garden is less manicured than the park garden, permeable paths have been introduced to enable guests to wander through the woods. The emphasis of this part of the garden is to provide an area for wildlife and the opportunity for guests to view it.
Many children love the living hide and the freedom to explore and make camps in the woodland. However, there may be tree debris, brambles, stinging nettles and other potential dangers lurking. Accordingly, the use of this area by children needs to be approved/supervised by their carers.