Is it OK to go caravanning?
Camping and caravanning have long enjoyed a close association, yet while there is little doubt that camping is low impact, should caravanning be considered in the same green light?...
Towing a caravan halfway across the country can reduce a car's fuel efficiency by up to 30%, according to co2balance.com. Some caravan parks pack in hundreds of static as well as touring caravans, blot the landscape, disturb wildlife and drain local water supplies all year round. Yet others are going the extra mile to green up their act.
Each year David Bellamy hands out awards to caravan parks that protect habitats for plants and wildlife, use energy efficient technologies, and provide recycling facilities. Two of the best are Greendale Farm Park - a small, 15-pitch site near Rutland Water (rutlandgreendale.co.uk, 01664 474516), and Skelwith Fold Caravan Park, a 130-acre woodland site in the Lake District, which is home to deer, badgers and red squirrels, and described by Bellamy as a "wildlife wonderland" (skelwithfold.co.uk, 015394 32277). Both parks are finalists in this year's Enjoy England Awards for Excellence.
This article, by Richard Hammond, was first published in the Guardian.