One of the things we often get asked by our customers is ideas for things to see and do in the area – and, in particular, where to stay. Well, one place we are always delighted to recommend, without a moment’s hesitation, is Stubcroft Farm Campsite, just a 15-minute walk away.
Set in lovely surroundings, this beautiful, family-run campsite is one of the best around. But what really sets them apart is their impressive environmental credentials for which they have won a whole ream of prestigious awards, most recently a Gold in the “Beautiful South” Tourism Awards. From solar-powered hot water and energy-efficient LED lighting to bio-digesting toilets – they have honestly thought of everything!
Wherever possible, they also use organic and Fairtrade produce in the shop, and work hard to keep the grounds and the surrounding fields a suitable habitat for wildlife. For example, they have planted new conservation hedges and trees to provide more shelter – and the results speak for themselves. There have been over 72 species of birds identified on their land, as well as deer, hedgehogs, foxes, rabbits, rare butterflies and much more.
“Our aim is to make Stubcroft as sustainable and environmentally friendly as possible,” says owner and managing director, Simon Green. “For instance, every year, a proportion of our profits are invested back into environmentally-friendly projects, as well as local, national and international charities.”
“We are also a very inclusive campsite, with all our facilities designed to be accessible to everyone – from the elderly and disabled to those with hidden disabilities such as autism – and our staff are all trained accordingly. In short, we pride ourselves on creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for everyone.”
A real trailblazer in ethical tourism, another thing we have been very impressed by is their brilliant beach-cleaning kits. Keen to do their bit for our beautiful beaches, they offer these to their guests for free – with the result that they collected over 50 bags of rubbish in the last couple of months alone.
They are also working with Chichester Harbour Rotary Club to host a public beach clean later this year, so this will be a perfect opportunity for us all to get involved. “We are hoping to get around a couple of hundred people down for that,” adds Simon. “So, keep an eye on our website for full details.”
Here at Billy’s on the Beach, we will be open that day as normal, so why not pop in to see us afterwards for a cup of tea – or even a bite to eat? For the record, Simon says his own favourite dish is our traditional fish and chips!
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