‘Cool camping’ plans for farm

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A FARMING family from Barton are planning Lancashire’s first eco-campsite.

James and Caroline Lowcock not only want to create a purpose built, small campsite at Anderton Fold Farm, just off the A6, but plan to combine its eco ethics with “cool camping.”

They say diversification is needed to safeguard the future of the 120-acre family run farm, which farms sheep and cattle and has been in the Lowcock family for three generations.

James’ father and grandfather live at Anderton Fold Farm, while James, who works away from the farm at a country park, lives with his family across the road.

The plans, which have been lodged with Preston Council, are said to be “a highly innovative approach to the traditional touring campsite.”

The site would be created using all the latest technological eco developments in camping and it is believed it would be the only such site of its kind in Lancashire, whereas there are five such sites in Cumbria.

Every aspect of the project would be designed and implemented using environmental “best practice” and the site would create two new jobs.

The Lowcocks say “cool camping” is all about taking camping back to basics, encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors more and be more sociable, by creating communal areas for eating and sitting, for barbeques and for informal play, rather than having people sitting in caravans and going off site for entertainment.

The eco-campsite would comprise four-six eco pods, two static caravans, a hardstanding area for touring caravans, a tent area, a shared community space and conversion of part of a vacant agricultural building into visitor facilities, including toilets, tourist information and retail sales.

If approved, the Lowcocks believe a unique business would be created for the area and they say the campsite would also attain the “gold standard” of the Green Tourism Award Scheme.