Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens overhaul prioritises accessibility

An example of a Changing Places facility provided by Clos-o-Mat

The UK’s largest privately-owned wildlife collection, Cotswold Wildlife Park & Gardens, has overhauled its facilities in order to offer a more accessible service.

The Burford estate in Oxfordshire has opened a new Changing Places toilet located between the gift shop and car park.

Changing Places has the space to accommodate the user and up to two carers, plus a ceiling track hoist and adult-sized height adjustable changing bench.

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Changing Places campaigner, Tony Clough MBE, who first suggested the installation of the facility to Cotswold Wildlife Park, said: “Conventional wheelchair-accessible toilets are designed on the assumption the user can transfer from their wheelchair unaided, and use the toilet without help.

“In reality, a large proportion of disabled people need help, whether they are in a wheelchair or not; the standard accessible toilet isn’t suitable for them. It doesn’t have the space to accommodate a carer. They may need lifting, or need a hoist not available in a standard accessible toilet.”

The Changing Places, supplied by Clos-o-mat, complement four wheelchair-accessible toilets already available at the Park.

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