CAMPING will now be managed separately in Scotland and England's forests after a landmark deal saw Camping in The Forest (CiTF) purchased by two national bodies. 

Forestry and Land Scotland (FLS) and Forestry England have committed to a new direction for the UK's campsites following the purchase of a controlling 72 per cent stake in CiTF from The Camping and Caravanning Club.

With staycations on the rise, the move will also make possible the potential expansion of the network of campsites beyond existing locations, enabling more people to get closer to nature.

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Forestry England chief executive, Mike Seddon, said: “Camping experiences bring people closer to nature and heighten their appreciation for the environment and the wildlife these precious habitats support.

"With an increasing awareness of the impact of tourism and travel, individuals and families are considering their carbon footprint and cultural impact, leading to a growth in ‘staycations’.

“We aim to connect everyone with England’s forests by creating and caring for woodlands to help businesses grow, for people to enjoy and for wildlife to flourish.

“This commitment enables us to plan for the future. Across the nation’s forests Forestry England and Forestry and Land Scotland will be better placed to provide overnight stays in beautiful forest locations, helping make memories that enhance health and wellbeing."

To ensure a seamless transition, the campsites will be operated by the Club in 2022, maintaining the highest levels of service and experience for customers.

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FLS chief executive, Simon Hodgson, said: “Camping is an important and accessible activity, which is only going to become more popular as more people consider their carbon footprint and opt for ‘staycations’.

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“As well as bringing people closer to nature and heightening their appreciation of the environment, holidaying in the fresh air in some of Scotland’s most scenic forest locations is a great way to relax and recharge your batteries.”

Camping in the Forest manages 16 camping sites across the UK, from the Cairngorms in Scotland to the New Forest in Hampshire.