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Become A Conscious Road-Tripper with Camptoo!
Brits’ awareness and interest in conscious travel continues to grow, with 86 percent of UK adults reporting that they would be willing to participate in volunteering activities on holiday to give back to the community and environment.
From helping protect wildlife, and cleaning up rivers, oceans, parks and woodland, to participating in litter collections or beach cleans, there are plenty of road-trip friendly initiatives around the UK to get involved in.
For anyone planning a last minute weekend getaway this autumn/winter, Camptoo, the sharing economy platform connecting owners and renters of campervans, has curated a round-up of the top UK eco-activities that conscious road-trippers could get involved in.
Become a Sea Champion
Run by the Marine Conservation Society, Sea Champions is a nationwide, year-round volunteer programme, encouraging hands-on beach cleans, providing talks, raising funds and promoting sustainable seafood in the local community. There are opportunities to suit everyone, so why not head to a seaside town or the coast on your next road trip and get stuck in?
Rivers provide crucial habitats for a range of wildlife and spaces for local people to enjoy. The Rivers Trust holds river cleaning events across the UK, with activities including tree planting, water testing and litter picking to promote a cleaner water environment.
Don’t bury your head in the sand
The UK is home to beautiful beaches and coastline, but discarded plastic bottles, ice cream wrappers and cigarette butts look unsightly and have a disastrous impact on fragile eco-systems. The National Trust runs regular beach cleans throughout the country to clear domestic rubbish and remove fishing gear to protect seals, seabirds, fish and marine animals from entanglement. Check out the Beach Clean Guide for a full list of beaches and activities.
For a different sort of holiday, why not experience life as a ranger, farmer or gardener with a National Trust working holiday? No two days are the same and you’ll learn on the job throughout. Activities can range from dry-stone walling, fixing paths, cleaning ponds and collecting litter, and locations can include historic houses and gardens. With over 170 working holidays to choose from, varying from weekend breaks to week-long adventures, there is something for everyone to enjoy.
Branch out with the Woodland Trust
Woodland accounts for 13 percent of the total land area in the UK, and the Woodland Trust has worked with volunteers for over 40 years to protect and maintain ancient British woodlands. Volunteer positions range from wildlife monitors to tree health recorders and bird watching, with opportunities across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland.
The not-so secret garden
For any green-fingered fans, English Heritage gardens are a haven for visitors and local wildlife. Garden volunteers helps to maintain gardens around the UK, with tasks including planting and weeding, interacting with visitors and giving tours. There are over 400 sites and historic gardens across the UK for anyone keen to preserve a piece of living history.
To rent a campervan, motorhome or caravan for an eco-conscious road trip, visit www.camptoo.co.uk.