Keep on camping - Club urges responsible attitude to Foot and Mouth outbreak

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Thursday 09 August 2007

Campers and caravanners should continue to enjoy their summer adventures despite the current Foot and Mouth news, says The Camping and Caravanning Club. But, acting responsibly is the key.

The Club, which represents the interests of over 400,000 active campers and caravanners in the UK, has already formed a Foot and Mouth Action Group comprising Senior Voluntary Members and Club Headquarters staff. 

The Camping and Caravanning Club was celebrating its Centenary in 2001, the year of the previous outbreak.  At the time, it was praised by the Government for its prompt and responsible actions.

Club Chairman Nev Ramsbottom says: “Camp sites are open for business and so is the countryside, which relies heavily on people like us enjoying their holidays and all the activities and attractions it has to offer.”

The Club will update all campers with the latest Foot and Mouth information via a dedicated Foot and Mouth page on this website. For now, it advises visitors to the countryside to call the site or event organiser before travelling, if in any doubt. 

For updates on the effect of the outbreak on the countryside in general, please visit the Defra website.


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Notes to the Editor:

  1. None of its Club Sites or Certificated Sites are in the current Protection or Surveillance Zones.
  2. The Club oversees hundreds of member-organised Meets (rallies) every month. None of these are currently affected by the Protection or Surveillance Zones.
  3. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 106 years old and is the world’s largest and oldest club for all forms of camping. It has more than 100 award-winning sites throughout the UK and, through a partnership with the Forestry Commission – Forest Holidays – now runs a further 21 Camping and Caravanning and three Cabin Sites.
  4. National awards for 2006/7 include:
  • Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree International Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign
  • Loo of the Year, Overall UK Winner 2006
  • Loo of the Year, Glencoe Site - Winner in Scotland 2006
  • Scottish Thistle Awards, Glencoe Site highly commended 2006
  • Camping Magazine’s readers voted Minehead Site as the Most Scenic Camp Site in Britain 2006
  • Enjoy England Excellence Awards, Sandringham Site awarded silver for 2006
  • North East England Excellence in Tourism Awards, Barnard Castle awarded bronze for 2006
  • MMM’s readers voted Teversal Site as the Best Camp Site 2006
  • Barron’s UK’s favourite camp site, Keswick
  • Best Contact Centre Under 50 Seats in Europe, European Call Centre Awards 2006