Summer spells success for Camping in the Forest

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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Camping in the Forest has reported a 3% increase in the number of pitch nights sold across its 15-strong campsite network this year compared to the same period in 2016.

The campsite operator is a partnership between The Camping and Caravanning Club and The Forestry Commission and runs 15 campsites in stunning Forestry Commission woodland locations across England and Scotland.

Its Roundhill and Longbeech campsites, both in the New Forest, have recorded growth of more than 17% this year as more campers search out the forest as a place to disconnect from busy lives. The sites join eight others in the New Forest, which range from back-to-basics camping to sites with full facilities including electric hook-ups and washrooms.

A campaign led by Camping in the Forest to launch the UK’s first ‘Bee Kind Week’ from 19-25 June was successful in raising awareness of the plight of the common bumble bee. With a campaign in schools to promote the importance of bees as pollinators, a competition fronted by TV presenter and naturalist Chris Packham saw a year 3 pupil at Robert Le Kyng Primary School in Swindon win a story writing competition for their tales of ‘Bella the Bee’. Camping in the Forest campsites in the New Forest are important foraging grounds for bumble bees, and proceeds of activities to promote work with Chris Packham were shared with The Bumblebee Conservation Trust.

Meanwhile, a campaign for adults to unleash their ‘inner child’ by experiencing the same feelings of bravery and adventure they did as children, was also a big success.

Camping in The Forest Sites Director Bob Hill said: “Our campsites have seen a busy season this year as more people look to take advantage of great quality campsites, especially when on their doorstep.

“We’ve seen an increase in short weekend bookings as modern camping kit makes it easier than ever to enjoy a short break away.”

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