We (Celia and Ian) took over running The Valley in the spring of 2014 and running a campsite was all new to us. We moved here from Humberside (OK, it hadn’t been known as Humberside for a few years but we have lived on both sides of the river so that’s the easiest way to think about it), for Celia it was a return to the “land of her fathers” and she likes to think that she has brought Ian from God’s own county to God’s own country.
Before moving here we spent more years that we would like to admit to working in the voluntary sector for charities and community organisations, so while we are very used to working with all sorts of people we had little experience of managing land. But one thing we were clear about from day one is that we are passionate about green and environmental issues and we wanted to make this a central to the campsite.
After spending our first few years here developing the basic facilities and generally learning how to run a campsite, we are now concentrating on becoming greener and improving the experience for our guests.
We love camping and think that camping is a great way to have to low environmental impact holiday and to get closer to mother nature. We encourage campfires and are making provision for each tent/pitch to have a dedicated campfire (as well as the communal fire pits in the woods and recycled tipi), because we know that not only are camp fires great fun, but they are a great way to see the stars (and we have lots of them visible here due to low levels of light pollution), see the night time creatures and get to know your camping neighbours.
What being green means for our campsite
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