This is our usual trip to this site for the first week of the season in march on arrival we were greeted by what can only be said as woodbark on the side of the concrete base to pitch your awning on. The pitch's are of a sandy base and the pegs hold ok but this time there had dug out the awning space by approx 6 inches and put a wooden edging around the space and filled it with bark making it very spongy and unstable for tables or the steps or anything else. We started putting up our porch awning only to find that the sides would have to be pegged in the bark and guess what would not hold as it was all sand under the bark tried a couple of different pegs but none would hold so took the awning down and packed it away, we have a landcruiser so all the things that would go in the awing had to go in the back of the jeep. They were others there that had the same problem if you had a full awning you would be ok but a porch awning no chance. We spoke to the people in charge of the touring site and they suggested to put paving slabs to hold it down. We complained and were offered a free 4 night free break out of season for our trouble which we accepted but doubt we will go back without the porch awning. There will be a new site built before next year so hoping that this problem wont be there. Will post some pictures later.
Thanks for posting the photos back Brian, I wanted to see the chippings part you spoke about in your report, I think the bark area is a waste of time and looks messy. It is a pity as the rest of the site looks OK. Paul
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