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Verdant Leisure snaps up Scoutscroft holiday park in Berwickshire

Scoutscroft Holiday CentreUK holiday park firm Verdant Leisure has added to its small but expanding portfolio of facilities with the acquisition of Scoutscroft Holiday Centre. An agreement reached last week saw the fledgling operator take over the Scottish Borders park from previous proprietors the Hamilton Family.

Scoutscroft features 180 pitches with a mix of touring caravans, timber pods, chalet bungalows and static caravans. The Scoutscroft purchase will grow the Verdant collection to eight holiday parks with a total of around 3,000 pitches.

The parks are located in the Scottish Borders region and Northern England. Scoutscroft is less than one mile away from Verdant’s last purchase, the Coldingham Bay Park, in the early months of 2017.

The two are the latter half of the four holiday parks Verdant has taken over the helm at during the 22 months since Palatine Private Equity bought in. A statement issued by Verdant said the buyout would strengthen the company’s position as a leading holiday park operator in its chosen focus area.

Verdant says Scoutscroft will not be the only addition in 2018 and is eyeing up other properties. Verdant boss Graham Hodgson said the park would be the ideal complement to existing ones in the area and would add to the number of the group’s pitches. He finished off by saying Verdant would be spending money on improving Scoutscroft.

Palatine’s Ed Fazakerley explained that he and the rest of his team had been amazed by how hard Verdant’s management had worked during their collaboration. He signed off with the claim that four new holiday parks was just the beginning and the collection would expand considerably in the future.

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