New Forest caravan and camping site, England
How New Forest caravan and camping site, England makes a difference
Our campsite in the New Forest is a member of the GTBS - Green Tourism Business Scheme. All our sites are measured over the course of the year on such things as recycling, energy usage, biodiversity and even what produce is stocked in our shops.
Many of our sites have been presented with David Bellamy Conservation Awards (we have been Awarded Silver). These are given to sites which can demonstrate policies showing active concern for the environment including the protection of plant and animal habitats, the efficient use of energy and recycling.
At our campsites, we encourage campers to do their bit for the environment by using our facilities and recycling their rubbish and waste whilst on their holidays. This might even motivate people to try to do more of this at home.
We encourage our campers to help us recycle the following items on our campsites:
Card and paper
Drink cans/tin cans
Aluminium foil and trays
We encourage our campers to minimise their use of water and to turn off the tap whilst cleaning teeth and shaving etc.
We promote simple messages to our guest for example: 'Did you know that by that turning off dripping taps, you could save as much as 20 litres of water per day?'
We also promote simple messages on Energy Saving for example:
'Are you washing a full load?'
'Half full washing machines waste both water and energy, so by putting in a full load you will be doing your bit to help the environment'.
'Hot wash? Dropping the temperature of your wash could significantly decrease the amount of energy you use. Saving water by doing these simple things is great for the environment, and if you also follow these tips at home you could even save money'.
We have a Backpacker rate - Our backpacker rate of £6 per adult and £3 per child applies when arriving onsite by foot or bike and when 1 or 2 people stay in a 2/3 man tent. This helps to encourage people to use public transport and leave their cars at home.
We also promote the New Forest Tour. This open top bus tour operates during late June-early September and calls into the Railway Station in Ashurst which is close to our campsite. This is a great way of seeing the forest without needing a car and helps reduce traffic associated with tourism in the New Forest.
Here we try as hard as possible to support local businesses. We will always recommend businesses in the local area to our campers to encourage them to use pubs, cafes, restaurants and shops that are around our campsite. This not only provides our campers with a great service but also helps us to give back to the local community. Information about these businesses can be found on our notice boards near to the campsite reception.
We also promote enterprises such as the Brand New Forest Discount Card which offers discounts at various businesses in the New Forest. We know people who camp also enjoy a range of activities that great outdoors has to offer, this includes the New Forest Activity Centre as well as Trax Cycle Hire. Not only do we encourage people to use these facilities we also work with these businesses to reduce the amount of cars in and around the New Forest with various initiatives.
Our main aim is for people to use the caravan and camping Site as a base while they go off to explore and enjoy all that the local area has to offer.
At this campsite we understand that the New Forest is a special landscape and that it has evolved over time through being carefully managed and cared for. We try to give as much information as possible to our campers through web, literature, interpretation panels and special events with our rangers. Campers that have a deeper knowledge of the New Forest tend to respect it more and are more likely to return. We give examples of local walks and cycle rides and the wildlife that is likely to be found nearby.
We ensure messages of safe driving on the local roads are clearly given and all the cultural aspects of commoning and livestock.
We encourage our campers to keep the countryside code in mind.
We ask that they:
Be safe by planning ahead and follow any signs or way marked routes (maps are provided at reception)
Leave gates and property as they find them, or follow instructions on signs
To protect plants and animals, and take their litter home. Wild animals and farm animals can behave unpredictably if you get too close, especially if theyre young.
To keep dogs under close control to help ground nesting birds rear their young safely between March and July especially. Also we inform campers about the potential risks to deer and livestock.
We ask our campers to consider other people. Other visitors and local people want to enjoy the New Forest, so we ask campers not to block gateways or driveways or other entry points with their vehicles.
These messages help campers to get the best out of their visit, stay safe and look after the landscape of the New Forest National Park.
New Forest caravan and camping site, England