Smaller sites to be given boost by public

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Wednesday 06 February 2008

The Camping and Caravanning Club is giving you the chance to add your favourite spot to their network of over 1300 smaller, privately owned camp sites (commonly known as Certificated Sites or CSs) through the new Find A New CS scheme.

If you have, or know of, a great piece of land, perhaps next to a place of historical interest or simply on a farm, this scheme will give you the chance to shout about it!  All you will need to become a CS is: safe access from the public highway, a level and well drained camping area of at least ½ acre, a safe drinking water supply and a chemical disposal point with separate water supply, although these can be added during the application process.

If the site goes on to become a Certificated Site, the person who submitted the nomination will receive a gift voucher giving them a year’s free membership to The Club. Even if the area does not become a Certificated Site, you could still be a winner.  Each month, there will be a prize draw for those who have nominated a potential site – with one lucky winner receiving a CampingGaz Camp Chef, generously donated by GO Outdoors.

Eric Bolderson, Chairman of The Camping and Caravanning Club’s Exempted Camping Committee, says: “The Club is always keen to offer the very best places to camp, where often the only person there to experience the view is you.  These sites are exclusive to members, and exist all over the UK, from working farms to pubs and restaurants – all with their own benefits that Club Members can enjoy.

“These sites are important little treasures to our 450,000 members. They really are a celebration of the best bits of England – and give members unique experiences, like farm produce or local beers.  This scheme is a great opportunity for anyone who knows of land that would be perfect for camping to let us know, and then make use of the site as a member!”

If you are interested in nominating a site, please visit our Find a New CS website page or contact the Exempted Camping Team on 02476 475198.  Find an existing Certificated Site with SiteSeeker.

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Note to Editors:
1. The Camping and Caravanning Club is 106 years old and is the largest and oldest Club in the world for all forms of camping. It has over 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. Overseas travel is provided by Carefree, the Club’s award-winning, international travel service.
2. Best CS 2007 will be awarded this year on Monday 18th February at The National Boat, Caravan & Outdoor Show at Birmingham’s NEC.
3. National awards for 2007 include:
• Practical Motorhome 2007 Sovereign Awards – Carefree International Travel Service awarded Gold Sovereign
• Loo of the Year 2007, Milarrochy Bay Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in Scotland
• Loo of the Year 2007, Kessingland Site - Winner Family Friendly Facilities in England
• Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland
• Loo of the Year 2007, Glencoe Site – Winner Camping and Touring or Static Caravan Sites category in Scotland
• Scottish Thistle Awards, Glencoe Site highly commended 2006
• Tourism West Midlands 2007, Kingsbury Water Park awarded Silver
• Tourism West Midlands 2007, Leek Site was Highly Commended
• Barron’s UK’s favourite camp site 2007, Keswick