Shropshire Hills & Ludlow


Environmental aspects to Greenaway Touring and Glamping Park

Greenway Touring and Glamping site is based near Craven Arms.  Set up in 2014 by Jane and Brian offering touring pitches for caravans, motorhomes, campervans, tents and trailer tents and has equipped Glamping pods. Since then business has boomed, and Greenway welcome campers and glampers all year.

Based in the Shropshire Hills AONB, Jane and Brian have always been keen to promote the beautiful Shropshire hills and determined to keep their campsite running in an environmentally friendly way.  The campsite has a wildlife friendly grounds – with wild areas, feeding stations for birds and plants to attract butterflies.

Welcoming so many visitors to the area – means  that dealing with the campers’ waste is a big issue.  Jane and Brian provide recycling bins, and individual bins for each pod or pitch, so that campers can recycle  conveniently.  But, as Jane says, “Guests do get confused as different councils allow different things to be recycled particularly when it comes to food packaging “.  It means that Jane and Brian put in extra effort to make sure the recycling is sorted correctly.  And as an additional headache, the commercial  recycling provided by Veolia, also has a different set of recycling standards to the domestic recycling in Shropshire!

It means a lot of hands on work for Jane and Brian.  They also make sure all glass is crushed and the cullet used as aggregate, veggie food waste is given to their neighbours livestock and other food waste is composted, fed into their anaerobic digester,.

Jane also has lots of other good ideas for other tourism  businesses to copy.   She encourages campers;

  • to use items left behind by campers – cooking equipment, books and other sundries.
  • to walk and cycle whilst exploring the area by loaning out specialised walking and cycling maps if required. There are also folders in the information hut detailing walks and cycle routes in the area.
  • To use local taxi firms that have 7 seats so they can go out together rather than in several cars.
  • loans out BBQs to the touring pitches made from up cycled washing machine drums.

And Jane and Brain are keen to share their knowledge with their guests, to encourage them to use more environmentally friendly camping products.  “Many of the long established caravaners and motorhome owners are unaware that eco friendly products for their chemical toilets exist, until they see our signs.  Or that you can use Heatlogs  (a by-product of horse bedding) for chimineas and fire pits. “

And she has lots more plans for helping the environment in future years – from recycled picnic benches to solar power for the showers.  All of which add up to a  green eco-friendly campsite that truly lives up to its name;  Greenaway Camping.

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