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Enabling easy access to the South West's beauty spots

Batsford Arboretum becomes fully accessible!

Date Posted: 17 January 2012

Opportunities for disabled people to explore glorious Cotswold countryside and one of the most important private collections of trees in Britain, have taken a massive step forward this week thanks to Batsford Arboretum and the Countryside Mobility South West scheme.

Batsford Arboretum, one of the Cotswolds’ most visited tourist attractions has just taken delivery of two Tramper all-terrain mobility scooters, which are available for hire by visitors to the 56-acre site. These will enable people with limited mobility to explore the Arboretum, nursery and garden centre with ease. Stuart Priest, Batsford Arboretum Director said: “We are delighted to be involved in this scheme and are really looking forward to helping more people experience and enjoy the spectacular grounds, gardens, plants and trees that Batsford is so famous for.”

The first visitor to use one of Batsford’s Trampers was Mr Rigg from Chipping Norton, (see images attached) who, since suffering a stroke, has limited mobility and speech. However, the broad smile on his face as he explored Batsford’s displays of early spring-flowering bulbs this week was worth a thousand words. Mrs Rigg, who accompanied her husband on foot, was also enthusiastic and said how easy the Tramper was for her husband to use and it enabled him to get to places his ordinary electric wheelchair would not have managed. She was now considering bringing her mother to Batsford to take advantage of the scheme.

Each Tramper can be used for up to 2 hours per person. However, they must be booked in advance. To do so contact Batsford Arboretum on telephone 01386 701441or email [email protected]