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Glendurgan Garden to improve accessibility for visitors

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Glendurgan Garden, a National Trust property near Falmouth, recently introduced a brand new all-terrain mobility scooter, to help improve access for visitors.

The all-terrain mobility scooter, known as a ‘Tramper’, allows visitors with mobility limitations to explore the Cornish gardens more fully, as well as visiting areas previously viewed as too difficult for them to access.

Trampers are specifically designed to travel easily over uneven ground; allowing them to go up and down slopes, over bumps and tree roots, as well as through shallow puddles and mud.

The Tramper at Glendugan was introduced a few weeks ago at the beginning of the season, and is available for visitors that struggle with walking - whether through age, or a permanent or temporary condition. You do not have to be registered disabled or have a Blue Badge to use it.

Katie Reynolds, Visitor Experience Officer for the Gardens, stated: “We’re thrilled to offer a Tramper here at Glendurgan. The steep valley paths in the garden can pose a challenge for some visitors; however, the Tramper navigates the garden with ease.

“It’s been a real joy to see visitors return from their visit to the gardens with a beaming smile, saying how much it meant to them now they can visit the garden alongside their friends or family.”

The Glendurgan Garden Tramper is one of 15 to be introduced by the Heritage Ability project, a three-year project funded by the National Heritage Lottery Fund. The project aims at helping to improve accessibility for disabled and Deaf people (using British Sign Language) to over 20 heritage sites in the South West.

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The 15 Heritage Ability Trampers purchased through the project will then operate as part of the Countryside Mobility Scheme, which offers to hire Trampers to visitors at nearly 50 beauty spots around South West England.

Neil Warren, Manager of the Countryside Mobility, stated: “We’re delighted that the new Tramper has been so well received. I’ve been really impressed by the enthusiasm of the team at Glendurgan, who have helped to make their beautiful gardens easier to explore for those who would otherwise struggle. I’ve no doubt the Tramper will continue to prove popular with visitors and locals alike.”

Visitors wishing to hire a Tramper for the first time can join the Countryside Mobility Scheme on arrival at Glendurgan, where staff will provide initial training. Membership, which then allows access to all the sites with Trampers, costs £10 for one year or £2.50 for a 2-week ‘Taster’ membership. For more information on membership or booking a Tramper visit the website.

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Members are strongly advised to phone and book the Tramper in advance of their visit to avoid disappointment.

Both Heritage Ability and the Countryside Mobility Scheme are projects developed and run by Living Options Devon, a local user-led charity, where all of their initiatives are developed or supported by people who have a first-hand understanding of the challenges faced by disabled and Deaf people.

Notes to editors

For more information about the project please contact Claire Rowe, Heritage Ability Engagement and Communications Officer via email on: claire.rowe@livingoptions.org or on 01392 822383.

Images attached show a visitor at Glendurgan Gardens using the Tramper.

To find out which places in Devon and across the South West have Trampers or the other accessible solutions that Heritage Ability are introducing to heritage attractions, visit www.heritageability.org for more information.

To find out more about Heritage Ability, visit www.heritageability.org. You can also email the team at heritageability@livingoptions.org or call 01392 459222.

  • Heritage Ability is looking for disabled people and Deaf people to get involved with the project. For more information about volunteering opportunities, visit the website or get in touch with the team.
  • Living Options Devon is a registered charity (number 1102489) working across the South West to ensure that people with disabilities and Deaf people who use British Sign Language (BSL) can live the lives they choose. To find out more, visit www.livingoptions.org.

For more information on Glendurgan Gardens, please go to their website or call 01425 470721.

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