A family-run caravan park in Devil’s Bridge has won the prestigious “Loo of the Year” title.
Woodlands Caravan Park has been awarded platinum status for several years in a row for its high standard of facilities, but this year, to your surprise, it was named the national winner of the category for the best campsite washroom facilities in Wales.
The Woodlands were bought by Bill Davies in 1962, who died the following year. His son Peter and his wife Meryl developed the park into a successful company that is now run by their daughters Victoria and Georgina with the help of two seasonal employees and Victoria’s husband Alphie.
The Woodlands team said this week: “We are delighted to have won such a prestigious award; It is such an achievement that we do not have as many staff as other locations and are listed in the same category as us. “
Each entry received an unannounced visit from the Loo of the Year Awards inspector and was judged against 101 evaluation criteria – including signage and decoration, facilities, and general standards of cleanliness and management.
Each washroom is rated from Bronze to Diamond and Gold, and Platinum and Diamond winners are nominated for one or more National Awards in England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.
The inspectors visited Woodlands at 7:30 a.m. and were greeted by Victoria, who showed them the facilities for assessment.
The facility was also named Washroom Cleaner of the Year for its high level of commitment to an important public service.
The Loo of the Year Awards and the associated Washroom Cleaner of the Year Awards for cleaning staff have been identifying the best washrooms in the UK since 1987 and are considered the standard-setters for anyone offering facilities outside of their home to their customers.
During the summer of the pandemic concerns, when cleanliness was paramount, facilities were kept clean and safe for customers with a regulated entry and exit system to prevent overcrowding of the building.
This system was mentioned by many customers over the summer and described as “a safe and easy way of assessing how many people are using the facilities at the same time”.
A large pebble was transported on foot to an “entry box” on the floor when entering the facility and then back to the “exit box” when the visitor left the building. With only 10 pebbles available, this meant that only 10 people would enter the building.
To complement these successes, Woodlands Caravan Park was included in the top 100 parks for the seventh time in a row.
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