Caravan park to embark on post Brexit expansion

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A Lancaster holiday park has just announced new expansion plans, expecting domestic tourism to receive a boost from the Brexit vote.

Moss Wood Caravan Park in Cockerham is set to start work on a new development of luxury holiday homes in its grounds.

It has also created a new marketing post to help promote Lancashire as a tourist destination, and stepping into the role this month is Neil Darby from Ingol in Preston.

Neil will also assist in implementing the business’s expansion plans, including the creation of 25 new caravan holiday pitches adjacent to the park’s fishing pond.

Family-run Moss Wood, established by the Wild family over 40 years ago, already provides around 200 pitches for holiday homes, touring caravans and motorhomes.

Neil, aged 28, joins Moss Wood from his previous position as constituency communications manager at the Burnley offices of Lib Dem politician Gordon Birtwistle.

Neil said swapping politics for the parks industry has provided him with precisely the new type of challenge and career contrast which he was seeking.

He said: “Despite the many uncertainties following the recent referendum, domestic tourism stands out as the one area almost certain to receive a business boost.

“The weaker pound against the euro and the threat of higher air fares are making overseas holidays look much less attractive than previously.

“Currently, advance pitch bookings are up on last year’s figures, as are enquiries about owning a caravan holiday home at Moss Wood.

“This is clearly good news for us, but also for other small businesses as visitors to the park spend around one-and-a-half million pounds each year in the local economy.

“There has never been a better time for Lancashire to shout loudly about what a fantastic region it is for all types of holidays, and that’s just what we intend to do,” added Neil.

Neil said parks like Moss Wood have a “special appeal to visitors as they offer tranquil, natural surroundings where people can instantly disengage from their everyday lives and cares”.

Moss Wood was established 4 by Blackpool-born Syd Wild, and is now run jointly by him and his son Henry who lives in Cockerham with his wife Hannah and their two baby boys.

Henry is also the national chairman of the British Holiday & Home Parks Association which brings together the owners and managers of some 3,000 parks.

In his chairman’s role, Henry, 45, takes on a range of responsibilities, including talks with regional, national and European governments on issues affecting the parks industry. Moss Wood has achieved the David Bellamy “GOLD” Conservation Award for ten years running, was winner of the North West Tourist Board “The Place to Stay” Award, and was a finalist in the Calor Gas Best Park in England Award.

It is also graded as excellent by the English Tourism Council.