Forestry England has just announced that
they have acquired control of 13 Camping in the Forest campsites. They hope that in addition to supporting their sustainable management of the
nation’s forests, it will encourage an enhanced customer offering at these
sites. This might include experience-based activities linked to nature,
wildlife and recreation, and a wider choice of camping
accommodation types becoming available.
Forestry England’s campsites have over 4,000 pitches. They include Sherwood Pines (Nottinghamshire), Bracelands (Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire), Postern Hill (Savernake Forest, Wiltshire) and several sites across the New Forest (Hampshire).
These popular woodland campsites provide guests with a forest experience and direct access to miles of walking and cycling trails and other outdoor activities. Each site is unique, and they range from basic, without any facilities, to those with full amenity blocks and some with cosy glamping pods and pre-pitched tents.
With staycations on the rise in recent years and to enable more people to get closer to nature, Forestry England decided to buy out the Camping and Caravanning Club, which were previous joint owners of the venture.
Forestry England Chief Executive, Mike Seddon, said: “We are very excited about the new and exciting opportunities we could offer campers in the nation’s forests. Camping brings people closer to nature and heightens their appreciation for the environment and the wildlife these precious habitats support. We have a unique ability to provide overnight stays in beautiful forest locations across the country, helping make memories that enhance health and wellbeing.”
England is currently seeking experienced operators to run these sites but there should not be
any disruption to the service and experience for customers
during this transition period.
Camping in the Forest is also available at a number of locations in Wales and Scotland.
Rob has been involved in the leisure industry since completing a BTEC in Travel & Tourism in 1993. Previous roles have included the promotion of tourism in Yorkshire and running a motorcycle touring company in the Australian Outback.
He is the General Manager at Alan Rogers Travel Group, responsible for the ongoing development of the Alan Rogers website and the publication of the Alan Rogers Guides and 'Destinations' magazine.
He regularly travels with his wife and young daughter in their Dethleffs 'Campy' caravan. A keen cycling fan, Rob can often be found in a field in Belgium during the 'Spring Classics' season or riding his Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle.