Weather and Muddy Conditions Update

Updated 29th March 2021

Further to our update below which was written back in January, I'm sure you'll all be pleased to know that the ground has almost fully dried out at the playground and the grass is growing back quickly. We have the first cut of the year planned for next week which will encourage even more growth and we're hoping the patchy areas of grass should be fully recovered in the next 2-3 weeks.

We will be pressure washing all the equipment once the patchy areas have grown back, hopefully in around 3 weeks time. Unfortunately we can't do this before that point as we need the grass to recover first to stop the equipment from getting muddy straight away again.

The ground condition also meant we had to put some non-essential maintenance on hold, but thankfully we can now go ahead with those plans and get everything looking fresh for spring!

Thank you to everyone who visited us over winter despite the conditions, it certainly was the worst winter we've seen in the 4 years we've been open but we're very glad you can all start to enjoy a much drier, greener and cleaner Four Paws Adventure Academy!


Update from 22nd January 2021:

I’m sure you’re all aware that Bedfordshire has seen an unusually large amount of rainfall over the couple of months, along with a lot of the UK. It’s meant that we’ve seen muddy conditions at the playground this winter that we normally manage to avoid.


I’m very lucky that the playground has still remained usable, despite how many fields and walking spots in the local area have suffered terrible flooding and an excessive amount of mud. However, we’re still seeing much more mud at the playground than previous years which can be very disheartening, especially when looking back at the beautiful photos from spring, summer and autumn last year.


If you’re visiting us, we recommend bringing a towel for your dog(s) and wearing wellies or other appropriate footwear. Our parking area was completed in December and this has created a nice dry space to dry your dog’s paws and swap over your boots at the end of your session.


I know as dog owners most of you are used to throwing on your wellies and expecting muddy boots and paws by now, especially after the extremely wet weather we’ve had this winter, but I just wanted to say a massive thank you for still visiting despite the playground not looking its best - as a small business, it really means the world.


If you’d rather wait until the ground is a little harder before your next visit, we’ll be posting updates here and on our Facebook and Instagram pages, so keep your eyes peeled! Judging from previous years, I expect the ground to harden and the grass to start growing again around mid-March, which will make for much nicer conditions underfoot.


The grass at the playground is extremely hardy and grows thick and fast once the temperature begins to increase, so once the ground has hardened more and the grass is starting to grow, we will then pressure wash all the equipment so it’s back to its former glory.


Thank you so much for bearing with these muddy conditions, I’m sure you’re all looking forward to warmer temperatures as much as I am!