From a Gloomy Sight to a Blooming Site

When David Wardell looked at an overgrown patch of land he had purchased, he saw more than just weeds – he saw potential. In just 18 months he has transformed his land into a beautiful Certificated Site.

The North Yorkshire based Chowdene site, purchased by David in 2009, had not been touched in over 30 years, and was desperately in need of some TLC. Whilst 6ft wide bushes and a blackthorn hedge would have put most people off, the Wardells rolled up their sleeves to create a spacious adults-only camping haven.

David says of this time “My whole family got involved with the development of our Certificated Site. We had to cut the hedges back twice, use the tractor on the land to get it even and have just finished installing toilets and showers, which took an age but are definitely worth it.”

The new site opened this month, with The Camping and Caravanning Club, and Exempted Camping Manager, Damien Field, is looking forward to helping them along the way.

He says “Obviously this site is an extreme example of the work required to get a patch of land up to the standard needed for a CS, but it just goes to show how much dedication our site owners have to providing a great camping experience.”

Certificated Sites, or CSs, are smaller campsites offering space for five caravans or motorhomes, plus additional tents. There are over 1,350 Certificated Sites across the UK, meaning that wherever you are, there’s always a CS nearby.

To view The Camping and Caravanning Club’s range of Certificated Sites, please visit www.siteseeker.co.uk. To book a pitch at Chowdene, please call 01904 289359 or email touraco@talktalk.net

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Editors Notes

  1. Five ‘Van Site Certification - The Law:
  2. Under the Town and Country Planning General Development Order 1977, sites accommodating no more than five caravans can be granted an exemption certificate which exempts them from the provisions of the Public Health Act 1936 and the Caravan Sites and Control of Development Act 1960.
  3. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 109-years-old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has 110 award-winning Club Sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission, Forest Holidays now runs a further 20 Camping and Caravanning Touring Sites and six Cabin Sites.
  4. www.newtocamping.co.uk was launched on Monday, May 18, 2009 and incorporates all forms of outdoor holidays.
  5. National awards include:
  • Caravan/Motor Caravan 2010 Top 101 Sites Winner – Sandringham Club Site
  • AA Campsite of the Year Heart of England 2010 – Teversal Club Site
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly Facilities Overall Trophy Winner
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Category National Award Winner (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Family Friendly National Award Winner (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - Individual Attendant Team National Award Winner (Glencoe Club Site – Scotland)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - ‘Champions League’ – Standards of Excellence
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Teversal Club Site (England)
  • Loo of the Year 2010 - National Category Award Winner (Holiday Parks) – Dunbar Club Site (Scotland)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Verwood Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Inverewe Gardens Club Site (Gold)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Horsley Club Site (Silver)
  • David Bellamy Conservation Award 2009 – Delamont Country Park (Silver)
  • Which Motorcaravan Site of the Year Runner-Up – Little Trethvas Farm CS
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (Scotland) – Lauder Club Site
  • Practical Caravan 2009 Top 100 Parks Regional Winner (north-east) – Bellingham Club Site
  • MMM 2009 Camping & Caravanning Site of the Year – Thetford Forest Club Site

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