The Caravan and Motorhome Club are delighted to be working with Green Tourism. They are renowned and trusted eco experts who provide guidance on greener ways of operating as well as offering advice to businesses on how to be more sustainable and socially responsible.
Statement from Nick
We are thrilled to announce a significant milestone in our shared commitment to sustainability and environmental responsibility. The Caravan and Motorhome Club in partnership with Green Tourism, is proud to have achieved Gold recognition for its efforts in promoting a greener future.
As Nick Lomas, Director General emphasises, "Sustainability is a key focus of the Club and plays a crucial part of our strategic goals, not only for the work we do to encourage our members but for our business as a whole. Gold is a wonderful achievement and proves the dedication of our staff, it’s all our responsibility to become greener.
“However, this is just the beginning, the Club has much to achieve and focus on in 2024 to support its sustainable journey and we are delighted to work with Green Tourism, who are helping us to develop a framework to make sure we are making a conscious effort for our environment.”
Andrea Nicholas, Founder of Green Tourism, joins us in celebrating this remarkable achievement and added: ‘“I am delighted for all those involved at the Caravan and Motorhome Club on this impressive achievement. Not only has the Club built-in sustainability at both operational and strategic levels but so many Club sites have obviously taken this to heart and worked so hard to achieve their Green Tourism awards. I am especially thrilled that three sites have earned Gold awards. We are proud to support the Club as it continues to take strides on its green journey."
Join us in celebrating this milestone as we look forward to a future that is greener, golder and more sustainable.
Who is taking part?
The Club's site network of 158 Club campsites and head office were assessed in 2023 and each has an action plan to introduce further improvements.
What can the sites achieve?
Green Tourism awards an accreditation of Gold, Silver or Bronze to recognise the level of engagement and activity on each site. Each site will have a plaque and certificate for display.
Green Tourism's key pillars of People, Places and Planet align with the primary intent of sustainable tourism; which takes full account of its current and future economic, social and environmental impacts, addressing the needs of visitors, the industry, the environment and host communities.
Through their assessment of our 158 sites, they managed to collate fine examples of sustainable achievements in each of the key pillars, goals and questions.
Communication focuses on how the Club shares its green stories, initiatives and projects that we have undertaken.
There are lots of different ways we communicate about being green and our efforts to become more sustainable, some of those include our "Sustainability Matters" column in our Club Magazine. We have shared our Sustainability Statement and have recently created a new Sustainability hub for you to access more information and upcoming news.
Awareness examines the actions we are taking to increase our environmental and sustainability efforts and how often we change this in order to keep up with industry knowledge and standards.
Sustainability is one of the key Club focus areas with the aim to ‘continue our journey of responsible actions to improve our environmental and social impact. We also ensure every member of staff takes part in the Club's introduction to Sustainability to raise awareness and understanding.
Our Club Campsites also provide awareness through their information rooms.
Black Knowl Club Campsite provides information on the New Forest via a road show that informs visitors about local habitats and wildlife.
Community looks at how the Club works towards achieving a more sustainable world through community support and collaboration
Our Club campsites really got involved this year with lots of different sustainability projects, from tree planting, growing a wild meadow, installing bird boxes and bug hotels, waste reduction projects, raising money for local charities, collecting second-hand clothing for local charities, promoting local business, hosting local food vendors and donating a percentage of the money raised in the shop to the local community.
Health and Wellbeing
Health and wellbeing looks at all the ways the Club creates a clean, safe and healthy environment for staff, volunteers, members and visitors that positively impacts their physical and mental health.
Some of the ways we do this is with health and wellbeing initiatives for staff as well as an allowance to spend on things that would improve general health. We also create a good, clean and safe working environment for all staff and volunteers.
Recently we have trialled happy to chat benches which encourage site guests to take some time out and have a chat with others on site.
Equality, diversity & inclusivity focuses on the work we all do to ensure the Club is as equal and inclusive as possible.
We take every step to ensure everyone feels welcome to join and belong to our Club and to create an environment where diversity and inclusion is so ingrained in our culture that it is organic and part of the Club’s day to day life.
Destinations explore how the Club works to promote our destinations, highlight local attractions, events, and businesses, whilst also encouraging our members and customers to embrace the sustainable actions we have put in place.
For example, the Balbirnie Park Club Campsite has created site-specific environmental rules to engage and encourage our members to help us in our environmental efforts.
Another example is Battle Normanhurst Court Club Campsite which has put posters around highlighting the sites rich history. They have also been undertaking some amateur archaeology, uncovering remnants of the old house and ensuring the site is protected and preserved. Battle Normanhurst Court has also begun a site-specific partnership with Bexhill Museum, to allow their experts to hold talks and presentations for site visitors.
Experiences focuses on how the Club works to create, support and promote sustainable experiences, meetings and events for our members.
The Club's site network offers a wide range of uniquely local experiences, for example Southport Club Campsite provides information and maps to guide members to the National Trust's Red Squirrel Walk in the woodland at nearby Formby.
The Club has negotiated discounts for members at hundreds of local attractions and experiences close to Club campsites, ensuring our members pay less for local experiences through our Great Savings Guide.
The Food and Drink section looks at how we work to ensure that the food and drink that our members and guests purchase when staying on our Club campsites is sustainable, responsible and is ethically sourced, as well as how we try to ensure that the dietary needs of our members and guests are met.
Carnon Downshas several food vans which visit the site each week. They also hold a weekly Pint and Pasty night where they bake locally made pasties and serve this with Cornish beer. They also promote food events on local Facebook pages and the site shop only stocks local Cornish produce. Moreton-in-Marsh Club Campsite also sells local honey.
Hillhead Club campsite has an on-site restaurant which sells locally sourced fish from Brixham and has a catch of the day which is advertised and promoted in the restaurant by the chefs.
Biodiversity considers all the work that we as a Club do, to not only support the flora and fauna at our Club Campsites as well as across the local community but also how much we limit the impact of biodiversity loss further afield through supply chain management and other initiatives.
Bromyard Downs Club Campsite has a ‘Green Ideas board’ where they explain their current environmental projects and encourage visiting members to suggest their own project ideas. Bromyard Downs also has a Nature Notes board where they ask guests to monitor the wildlife they have seen while staying on site. They have also taken part in no mow May and grown wildflowers. They also promote off site activities to do with biodiversity such as the Blossom Festival which has educational activities around pollination, bees and composting.
Energy looks at all the initiatives and measures, both physical and behavioural, that the Club has established to help reduce and manage our energy use.
For example, the Club has a policy of replacing old light bulbs with new LED energy-efficient bulbs to save energy usage.
The Club has saved energy by taking part in the Dark Skies initiative as well as promoting energy reductions through energy saving posters. The Club is also conducting a metering trial to help put members in control of how much energy is used and reduce campsite fees.
The Club is also investing in renewable energy and is working on increasing the amount of Club Campsites with Solar PV.
Woodstock CL near Tenby, Pembrokeshire showing the Dark skies.
The Waste section explores how the Club works to monitor, manage and reduce our waste streams.
We have a few, selected sites around our Club network that are taking part in a new method of waste collection trial to understand new and improved ways of working and reducing our overall waste volumes.
Willingcott Club Campsite has introduced a surf/beach items recycling centre for customers to leave their unwanted beach items for others to ‘borrow, enjoy and return.’ This has been very popular and has also raised money for the local RNLI.
The Water section focuses on what the Club is doing for physical and behavioural measures that we have put in place to ensure monitoring, managing and conserving water throughout the Club's sites network.
An example would be where new developments are built with water-saving flow restrictor taps, showers, and toilet tanks to reduce water consumption and wastage.
The Club is also trialing fresh water harvesting with water butts to use wasted water.
The Chemicals section looks at the steps the Club has taken to ensure the products we use and the practices that we have in place are as sustainable as possible.
Across the whole Club site network, we are committed to offering only green toilet chemicals in the site shops to lessen the risk of environmental impact.
A trial will begin in October 2023 to try a new range of eco-cleaning products. If successful it will be rolled out to more Club Campsites on the network. As well as eco-cleaning products the Club is also trialing different approaches to weed control to reduce the amount of chemicals used on sites.
The Club has completed its second year of accreditation. In 2024, we will undergo our third assessment.
We are thrilled that in 2023 our Head Office, Cayton Village, Lady Margaret’s Park and Rowan Park have received a gold accreditation as well as the rest of our Club Campsites receiving a silver accreditation.
Each Club Campsite will have its accreditation displayed in its reception area for members and guests to see.
This is also a welcome opportunity for members and guests to engage with staff about the site's sustainable behaviours and seek advice too.
The Club now has an action plan for each site as well as for the East Grinstead head office and we will report back on progress throughout the year.
Biodiversity on sites
Find out how the Club encourages wildlife on the campsite network.