Plant a tree with the Greener Camping Club!

The Greener Camping Club takes its responsibilities to the environment very seriously. The Club's tree planting carbon offset scheme is one that all Members can participate in.

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Why do it?
When our Members drive to their holiday destination - which is how most of us get to a campsite, they add carbon dioxide to the environment. Carbon dioxide is a greenhouse gas that contributes to global climate change.

How does it work?
Planting trees is one of the simplest ways to offset this additional carbon dioxide generation, because trees absorb carbon dioxide to produce oxygen. The amount of carbon dioxide a tree will offset depends on many factors, such as the type of tree, where it is planted and the amount of room it has to grow. On average, one broad leaf tree will absorb in the region of one tonne of carbon dioxide during its life-time.

What are we doing?
The Greener Camping Club has set up what we think is a first for the tourism sector - a native broad leaf planting scheme, involving the planting of several thousand trees per year. Tree species include oak, alder, hawthorn, wild cherry, crab apple, aspen, rowan and downy birch, to name but a few.

How do Members contribute?
When you book a camping holiday with a Greener Camping Club site, there is a requirement to join the Greener Camping Club. The membership fee is just £10, which is added to your camping fees. When you pay your fees, you are issued with your membership e-card - and your membership is counted towards the number of trees allocated to the campsite. At the end of the year, during the tree planting season, all the Greener Camping Club sites receive their allocation of trees to plant. Those sites that do not have room to plant trees can donate theirs to another site, or to a local tree planting project.

If you would like further information, eg. how may trees your chosen campsite planted last year, send an email to headoffice@greenercamping.org.

Three new Greener Camping Club sites

Announcing three brand new Greener Camping Club campsites!

We've been busy this winter finding you outstanding new campsites to enjoy. Here are the first three of six new sites we have for the 2018 season.

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'Gyrn Ddu Campsite' is our first site in Gwynedd, up on a beautiful stretch of the Llyn Peninsular. 'Tipis at Ponty', an adults only site, is in deeply rural Llansantffraid, Powys and hugs the River Cain. 'Big Barn Camping' is set on a small working farm and is just a stone's throw from picturesque Laugharne (Carmarthenshire) and Dylan Thomas' Boathouse.

To find our more about these other amazing new campsites, just click here.

Top tips for a more sustainable holiday

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Travel by anything other than foot or cycling, by its very nature tends to be less than sustainable. We can't change the world in a week or even a year - but here some tips that go some way towards having a more sustainable holiday.





  1. Leave the car at home. Find a holiday location that can be explored by foot, bike or public transport. If you must take the car, limit to just one. Mad as it seems, there has been such a craving for people to take so much of home with them, it's not uncommon for families to turn up in multiple cars. If you have to take the car then find a location with activities to do without you having to drive too much.

  2. Camping and glamping offers you the chance to de-clutter and get back to basics. Find a campsite that cares about its environment and you'll usually find the friendliest hosts too! It’s no accident that people who are passionate about the environment tend to create intimate, friendly campsites and holiday experiences you'll want to return to time and time again.

  3. Beg, borrow or rent. It’s crazy to buy a beach shelter, wetsuit or boogie board to use for just one week a year. Far worse is many people recognise this and buy poor, not fit for purpose equipment, because they think ‘we only need this for a week’. Tyr and avoid this. Instead, buy quality kit that will last - even if second hand. Better still, find a host or location that lends or rents all the kit you need that would otherwise sit in the loft for 50 weeks of the year. It will give you more room in the car - it might even mean you could go by public transport.

  4. Keep it simple. This is the chance to de-clutter and disconnect from the umbilical, digital ties and re-connect with family, friends and nature. Manage with fewer clothes; take a good book and remember to slow down. Life doesn't get better with speed - it just goes faster. Better to enjoy your holiday longer by chilling out and consuming less.

  5. Buy local food and drink. This can be difficult but is worth it. Find the local farmers markets; support the smaller stores; buy the local beer; ‘get in’ with the locals. Most great hosts will already have this information for you but an email request to your host should get you in the know.

  6. Leave no trace - take only photos and leave only foot prints. Find a holiday host or location that cares not only about the environment but also community. This is more likely to be smaller, often family run businesses and accommodation providers who will promote this on their websites and communicate it in there sales literature and advertising.

Wherever you go, whatever you do - have a great holiday!