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When it comes to camping with style, you can’t beat a bit of bunting which is ideal for dressing your tent and making it look pretty.

Over the years I’ve bought bunting in different styles, colours and sizes, from weatherproof plastic bunting to extra long bunting for our biggest 6m bell tent but when I welcomed the new Luna LOM bell tent into my life, I decided it was also time to get some new bunting.

A quick Google search lead me to The Cotton Bunting Company a UK business selling an assortment of bunting in different sizes and styles.

I opted for the 3m Hot Pink Paisley Bunting which was on offer for just £6.80. When it arrived just 3 days later (P&P was free!) I was amazed by the quality so wanted to tell everyone about it, and when I contacted The Cotton Bunting Company they were kind enough to offer us an exclusive discount code for our readers!

You can see the full range of bunting here.

Get An Exclusive 15% Discount On Bunting!

The Cotton Bunting Company have provided Camping with Style readers with an exclusive discount code, so to make your new bunting even more amazing value, use the code “CWS15” when you checkout. Visit The Cotton Bunting Company here.

The voucher code is valid until 31st August 2019.

The post GEARDress Your Tent with Beautiful Bunting From The Cotton Bunting Company & Get 15% Off appeared first on Camping Blog Camping with StyleActive, Outdoors & Glamping Blog.

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Some holidays are all about immersing yourself in a bustling city and taking in the sights, sounds, and flavours of a foreign culture. On the other hand, sometimes you just need to unplug and unwind, and get away from the big city lights into a more tranquil setting.

Hikers in rain forest jungle, trekking to beautiful waterfall. Selective focus: Shutterstock ID: 784320103

Savvy travellers across the UK are looking for ways to escape the crowds and go to the ends of the earth – literally – on holiday.

These remote holiday destinations are ideal for when you really want to reboot and recharge your batteries. All are regularly serviced by airlines, but why not arrive in style in a chartered aircraft? Chartering a flight allows you to access the most isolated regions on the planet with ease.

Foula, The Shetland Islands

If you want to get away from it all yet stay relatively close to home, you can travel to the Shetland Islands in Scotland. The smallest island in the archipelago is Foula, and the island is so small and isolated that the ferry that services it only carries 12 people!

Island Foula. Foula in the Shetland archipelago of Scotland By photolike

You can also charter a plane and land on the island’s airstrip in style.
The island is full of birds (more than half a million!), as well as the eponymous Shetland ponies.

Denali National Park, Alaska USA

Denali is one of the world’s most jaw-dropping sights, a majestic mountain poking up out of a wild National Park. The arctic tundra landscape is dotted with mountain peaks, but none are as impressive as Denali. This is truly a place to get away from it all, amidst six million acres of wilderness.

Three Camel Lodge, Mongolia

Three Camel Lodge is located in one of the most remote locations on the planet – the Gobi Desert. This lodge is designed to help visitors really unplug from the world beyond and settle into the lifestyle of nomadic Mongolian tribes.

The Three Camel Lodge allows you to experience the authentic culture of the region, far from mobile phone towers and internet service!

Beautiful sea and coastlines of Gili Meno, Indonesia By Luciano Mortula – LGM The Gili Islands, Indonesia

If you are looking for a holiday that has it all – isolated beaches, fresh seafood BBQs, and a vibrant local culture, head to the Gili Islands in Indonesia. These small islands (Gili Air, Gili Meno, and Gili Trawangan) are located just a short distance from Lombok and Bali, and they have reliable sun all year round. You won’t find any motorised vehicles on these islands, so be prepared to sink your toes into the sand and walk.

Don’t fret – things aren’t only sleepy and calm on the Gilis! Gili Air has a wild party and nightlife scene frequented by international and domestic tourists alike.

Petit St. Vincent

Ok, if you really want to escape the crowds, there is no better destination than Petit St. Vincent, an island located in the Grenadines archipelago in the Caribbean Sea. Just 22 holiday cottages can be found on the entire island, and television and internet signals are weak.

Take a deep breath, let your shoulders drop, and allow yourself to sink into
the sands – perfection.

Bora Bora, French Polynesia

French Polynesia is an isolated archipelago of idyllic islands in the Pacific Ocean. Each of its islands, including Bora Bora, is home to exclusive 5 star resorts and overwater bungalows.

Beautiful Bora Bora sunset sunrise on the beach, with palm trees By Lux Blue

Diving, water sports, snorkelling, or just relaxing on the pristine white beaches – this is a place to escape the pressures of the modern world.

Rapa Nui (Easter Island), Chile

Rapa Nui is one of the most isolated islands in the world, located more than 3,000 kilometres off of the coast of Chile. While the remote location draws some holiday makers, most people come here to marvel at the moai, monolithic and ancient stone heads.

These sculptures dot the island, which is also home to some of the world’s best scuba diving

Over to you

Visiting any of these remote destinations could be classed as a ‘trip of a lifetime’ – are you ready to take on the experience? Remember to pack a good book (or five), and come with an open mind.

You might even want to leave your electronic devices at home – you won’t need them!

DISCLOSURE | This post is sponsored by aircharter.co.uk. You can find out more about our sponsored post policy here.

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What is it?

Vango Apollo Oversized Camp Chair RRP: £75

Stockists Features
  • Made using 600 denier polyester
  • Available in 3 different colours, grey, red and blue
  • Super-strong steel frame with a texturised finish for a premium feel
  • 6.3kg weight per chair
  • Max load 180kg / 28st 4lbs
  • Open dimensions W87.0 x D80.0 x H93.0cm
  • Packed down dimensions L30.0 x H105.0 x W25.0cm
The verdict

This chair is available exclusively at Winfields Outdoors, and we think it’s a corker! Over the years we’ve owned loads of different camp chairs, from the typical bog standard camp chairs to funky lightweight chairs aimed at backpackers and huge padded moon-chairs, and this is the best of the lot.

The first thing that struck us was the size, they were far bigger than expected, even though we were aware they are ‘oversized’. Packed down, they are very close to the size of an adult moon-chair, so do take up a fair bit of space in the boot of the car.

That said, they come in high quality carry bags and are quick and easy to put up and take down again, requiring next to no effort. We love camping gear that’s intuitive to use and fast to put up, and the Vango Apollo does both of those things well.

The dark grey colour of our chairs is dark enough to make them practical, but not dark enough to make them look dreary. We went for grey as we have such a vast amount of colourful camping gear and tents, so wanted a colour that would go with everthing regardless of our camping set up.

The coated fabric is made out of 600 denier polyester and it’s nice to the touch. There’s a bit of padding too which adds to the comfort of the chairs.

The frame feels very sturdy (in fact it can take up to 180kg in weight) and whether I was sitting on it with my feet on the ground, with my legs curled up under me or lounging on it sideways with my legs hanging over the arm, it still felt comfortable and capable.

Final say
Our Rating

Quality 5/5

Practicality 4/5

Value 5/5

Overall Rating (4.5 / 5)

These are hands down the comfiest camp chairs we’ve ever owned. They are so big that you can comfortably stay seated around the campfire all night, and if you like to curl up, these chairs are big enough to allow you to do that.

The downside is that they do take up a fair bit of space, at least double the amount of space a standard camp chair takes up, but in our opinion, the extra bulk is worth it for the enhanced comfort.

A must-buy for family campers spending large amounts of time camping and well worth their £49.99 price tag, in fact we think at that price they are a bit of a steal!

Thank you to Winfields Outdoors who supplied the featured product. We were not paid to write this review.

Where to next?

The post CAMPINGVango Apollo Oversized Camp Chairs – The Best Value, Comfiest Camp Chairs We’ve Ever Used! appeared first on Camping Blog Camping with StyleActive, Outdoors & Glamping Blog.

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What is it?

Primus Kamoto OpenFire Large Fire Pit €189.95

Stockists Features
  • Portable fireplace
  • Suitable for wood or coal
  • Ashtray protects the ground
  • Comes with a cooking grid
  • weight 9600 g
The Verdict

First impressions of the Kamoto are good. As with all Primus gear you notice the quality straight away.

I really like the fact that the fire pit is raised well off the ground, but thanks to the clever design it is very stable too. For additional protection, there is an attached metal tray at the base which means if logs or coals were to fall out, the ground is protected from any damage.

To assemble, the fire pit folds out and there’s just the bottom internal grate and side pieces to slot into place before it’s ready to use.

I’ve bought two fire pits in the past to use primarily in my garden and I also have a small portable camping fire pit, which is really too small to produce any meaningful heat for anything more than a couple of people huddled directly in front of it.

The 2 garden fire pits I’ve had in the past have both quickly warped from heat – granted I’ve never really splashed out this much on a fire pit before, so low quality obviously played a part, but having used the Kamoto several times, there are no signs of similar warping and it seems just as solid as it was when I first got it.

The size of the fire pit means you can have 2 or 3 really good sized logs on it and it’s capable of kicking out an impressive amount of heat.

Cleaning it out once the fire has died down meant tipping it on its side, depositing the ashes into a bin bag, then using a dustpan brush, I swept the inside clean before folding it back up, ready for its next use.

The fact that it can also be used as a barbecue makes it versatile too and the metal grate that sits over the top of the fire pit is very sturdy, and whilst I’ve not yet used it to cook food on, I’m very much looking forward to using it for this purpose and will update this review when I have.

Any Gripes?

I’d have liked the bottom internal ash grate to be more of a box design rather than a flat grate. If it had sides, even very short sides, it would mean it could be lifted out with the ashes inside for even easier clean-up.

Final Say
Our Rating

Quality 5/5

Practicality 4.5/5

Value 4/5

Overall Rating (4.5 / 5)

The Kamoto really is beautifully made and a very sturdy, capable bit of kit. I’ve used it several times on chilly evenings in the garden, have taken it up to Scotland on a glamping break and have used it on a coastal camping trip too.

It’s a very welcome addition to my camping kit and due to its size, it’s big enough for several people to sit around and feel the warmth from.

If you’re looking for an extremely well made, good size fire pit for camping trips with family and friends then the Primus Kamoto is well worth considering, especially as it can double up and easily be used to cook food on too.

The fact it all folds in on itself means it’s very easily portable, though it is quite heavy. The final thing to note is the price tag, it really isn’t cheap and there are far cheaper portable fire pits on the market, but having tried some cheaper ones, the quality of the Primus Kamoto is head and shoulders above anything I’ve previously owned.

Thank you to Primus who supplied us with the featured product. We were not paid to write this review.

The post GEARPrimus Kamoto OpenFire Large Fire Pit – Review appeared first on Camping Blog Camping with StyleActive, Outdoors & Glamping Blog.

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As the Tiny House Movement gathers momentum and with staycations more popular than ever, a brand new hamlet of shepherd’s huts at Samlesbury Hall provides the ideal way to try out tiny living during a rustic glamping break in Lancashire.

Boss of historic Samlesbury Hall near Preston has claimed a development of modern luxury huts on site is the perfect solution for anyone hoping to enjoy a short stay in a dwelling with a difference.

Samlesbury Hall director Sharon Jones said: “There is lots of interest and intrigue about tiny house living at the moment with TV shows devoted to those who have created a home in a small space or even a quiet place to retreat to in the garden.

“Our shepherd’s huts are the perfect way to test out life in a tiny house – even if it’s just for a night or two.

“They are small but perfectly formed and we think they prove the best things come in small packages.

“They each have European oak-framed beds, memory foam mattresses and most importantly, the chance to escape the stresses and complexities of everyday life.”

The Hamlet, completed earlier this year, contains 28 wooden shepherd’s huts set in the idyllic and peaceful grounds of Grade I-listed Samlesbury Hall, one of Lancashire’s oldest properties.

They are clustered together in twos and threes around a fire pit so guests can enjoy time outdoors with toasted marshmallows and hot chocolate before bed.

Each comes complete with double bunk beds, an ensuite, space to sit down and sockets to charge phones and devices.

Guests can also treat themselves to locally produced food at the hall’s restaurant and Dottie’s Wafflery, soak up the history of Samlesbury Hall and learn about nature’s vital pollinators at The Bee Centre.

Sharon added: “The shepherd’s huts have been hugely successful so far. They give people the chance to try out small space living and to benefit from a change of scenery and a slower pace of life, even if it’s just for a couple of days.

“We hope more people will come to stay to experience it for themselves.”

Find out more information or book your stay at The Hamlet, Samlesbury Hall.

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What is it?

Pits & Bits Waterless Filthy Festival Wash Kit £6.95

Stockists

OK, so festivals are amazing, but let’s face it being stinky isn’t, and festival wash facilities, unless you go VIP are few and far between and pretty grim. Pits & Bits have come up with a clever solution though and their wash kit is ideal for keeping you clean at festivals.

Not only that, it’s also ideal for backpacking and wild camping when you need to travel light as it’s tiny, but contains all you’ll need to stay pong-free in the great outdoors.

We tried one out ourselves and have to admit to being mesmerised by the magically expanding wash towels (there’s 8 in each pack), which expand to the size of a large flannel or wet wipe once wet.

What’s inside the box?

Inside the box you’ll find 8 expanding wipes, a bottle of towel off shampoo (which I don’t use as I have afro hair and need to use specialist hair care products) and a bottle of towel off body wash.

The verdict

The box states that no water is required, but I found the wash towels expanded best with a few drops of water poured over them. I then used the waterless wash and wipe to give my pits, and indeed ‘bits’ the once over. It dries off very fast (you can use a towel but on a hot day, no towel was needed) and I did indeed feel much fresher and far less grim after use. Win!

Our Rating
Quality 5/5 Practicality 5/5 Value 4.5/5 Overall Rating (5 / 5)

You can currently pick up a Pits & Bits Festival Wash Kit on Amazon for just £6.95 and it makes an excellent buy, and should in our opinion, be a must have for every festival goer!

Where to next?

The post CAMPING GEARGoing To A Festival This Summer? Better Pack A Pits & Bits Festival Wash Kit! appeared first on Camping Blog Camping with StyleActive, Outdoors & Glamping Blog.

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This year Wild Night Out happens on Saturday 29th June 2019 and people across the UK will be having outdoor adventures both big and small to celebrate. Read on to find out more about Wild Night Out 2019.

What Is Wild Night Out?

Wild Night Out was started by Explorers Connect founder Belinda Kirk in 2016. After 20 years of taking people of all ages into the wilderness, she understands first-hand the positive impact that adventure can have on people’s lives.

As a society we are spending too much time indoors which is adversely affecting well-being and means that fewer people are spending time outdoors.

Only a third of children in Britain spend more than an hour a day outdoors and a quarter of UK adults are classed as physically inactive, getting fewer than 30 minutes of moderate exercise a week.

Why not camp out in the garden? Get Involved, Camp Out In Your Garden!

Always keen to sleep under canvas, here at Camping with Style we think the best way to get involved is to have a garden camp-out. Pitch up in your garden and spend a night under the stars!

Tips For Enjoying Your Big Night Out Garden Camp-Out
  • Snuggle up and stay warm by piling plenty of duvets and blankets into the tent with you
  • Have a barbecue for dinner and dine al fresco before bed time
  • Get the kids involved in pitching the tent and setting up beds inside and let them choose some family board games to play together
  • If you can, have a camp fire. Set up a portable camp fire, brazier or chimenea in your garden to roast marshmallows over
  • Don’t forget the hot chocolate for a delicious and warming treat
  • Bring out binoculars or a telescope for a touch of garden star gazing
  • If you live in an urban area, ear plugs are a must and will stop noise from traffic spoiling your sleep
  • Get the family pets involved too, both dogs and cats will love the novelty of sleeping in a tent and having them around will make your tent feel more homely
  • Don’t forget the fairy lights!

The post NEWSCamp In Your Garden For The 2019 Wild Night Out! appeared first on Camping Blog Camping with StyleActive, Outdoors & Glamping Blog.

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Camp furniture helps to organise your tent, making family camping much easier. Below we pick 10 of the best pieces of family camp furniture currently available for your summer 2019 camping trip.

1. Vango Mammoth Tall Storage Unit £55

Storage unit which provides 4 large shelves and is fast and easy to put up, yet doesn’t take up too much space inside the tent. See our Vango Mammoth Tall Storage Unit review.

2. Quechua Compact Camping Cabinet £39.99

This is a great value camping cabinet from Decathlon that’s nice and sturdy and provides an easy way to tidy things away inside your tent.

3. KingCamp Quick Up Bamboo Folding Kitchen Unit £169.99

This is a good looking and solid kitchen unit with removable wind guard that’s super fast to put up and take down, with a beautiful hard-wearing bamboo top.

4. Vango Bamboo Camp Table £129.99

A great quality bamboo topped folding camp table from Vango with clever cut outs to hold glasses. The legs are also adjustable so you can set it at your preferred height.

5. Outwell Aruba Cupboard 2019 £109.99

The Outwell Aruba is new for 2019 and provides ample storage space for family campers. It’s good and sturdy and fast and easy to put up and take down.

6. Quechua XL Folding Camp Table £59.99

If you’ve got a large family, this stable XL camping table provides heaps of space, seating up to 8 people, and it’s also great value too!

7. Outwell Dawson Picnic Table £109.99

This is a gorgeous picnic table that’s ideal for family campers, it folds away easily and is fast to set up and features a gorgeous bamboo surface top.

8. Kampa Commander Field Kitchen £59.99

A great value camp kitchen unit that I used myself for many years. It provides more than enough space for a small family and is easy to put up and take down.

9. Bo-Camp Folding Ottoman With Storage £48.49

Bo-Camp furniture is designed to blur the lines between home furnishing and camp furniture and this folding ottoman with storage is a great example – it’s sturdy enough to sit on too!

10. Coleman Packaway Table £80.16

This is a surprisingly sturdy and comfortable camp table with bench style seating that’s ideal for small families. It’s also great for packing up and taking out and about on days out too.

The post CAMPING GEAR10 Of The Best – Family Camp Furniture appeared first on Camping Blog Camping with StyleActive, Outdoors & Glamping Blog.

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With Glastonbury and The Isle of Wight Festival just around the corner, it’s time to get ready for festival season. Our top picks below will ensure you’re camping in both comfort and style, helping you to party the days away whatever the weather!

Where to buy our festival picks
  1. Loomi Biodegradable Body Glitter in various colours £5.00 – Support a British start-up
  2. Kibo 25 RFiD Travel Backpack £69.99 – Gorgeous urban styling in 3 different colours
  3. North Face Homestead Domey 3 Tent £180.40 – For stylish and extremely capable camping whatever the weather
  4. NORDSD Lightweight Foldable Camping Chair £29.99 – Tiny pack size and ultralight
  5. Batiste Dry Shampoo Tropical £2.99 – For clean hair all festival long
  6. Summit Featherlight Onesie Adult Sleeping Bag Suit £64.99 – Stay snug and warm at night
  7. Pits and Bits Filthy Festival Wash Kit £6.95 – A stay-clean essential buy
  8. Geedair Inflatable Sleeping Mat With Built-In Pillow £27.99 – Ultralight sleeping mat to keep you warm and comfy
  9. Igloo Latitude 60 Roller Wheeled Cool Box £69.99 – Keep your booze and water nice and cool all festival long
  10. Phone Charging Power Bank 25000mAh £24.99 – Keep your mobile phone charged so you can keep taking those all-important Instagram shots!
  11. Forclaz Trek 500 Feather Sleeping Bag £24.99 – Tiny pack size
  12. Trespass Rain Poncho available in 3 colours £30.37 – Don’t let the rain dampen your festival spirit!
  13. Lifeventure Dry Body Wash £3.99 – Stay clean with ease
  14. Quechua 2 Second XL Pop-Up Tent £89.99 – Less time pitching, more time partying
  15. LOM Festival Weekender Bell Tent £345.45 – A beautiful high-quality bell tent big enough to sleep the whole family or all of your mates
  16. Barry M Face Gems £4.99 – The easy way to achieve a festival-ready look
  17. Mac In A Sack £24.99 – Stay dry whatever the weather
  18. Festival Bunting £8.99 – Dress up your tent with this gorgeous bunting
  19. Hunter Original Starcloud Short Boots Black £59.99 – Gorgeous glitter wellies to deal ably with mud!
  20. Magic Mirror Full Length Camping Mirror £21.95 – A must have for festival camping!
  21. Rubbastuff Pacmat Waterproof Picnic Rug £35.49 – Pop yourself down for a rest on this funky waterproof picnic matt
  22. Outwell Cancun Folding Camp Trolley £119.99 – Get your gear to the campsite with ease
  23. Field Candy Original Explorer Tent One Size Animal Farm £407.41 – Stand out with this stylish, high-quality ridge tent
  24. Lumo Keyring Flashlight £4.99 – A tiny torch that’s easy to pop in your back pocket or hang off your belt
  25. Senner MusicPro hearing protection earplugs £21.95 – Protect your hearing and get a decent nights kip too
  26. Braven 105 Mini Speaker £22.00 – A fantastic sounding portable, rechargable speaker
  27. iNeibo Ultralight Self Inflating Sleeping Pad £37.99 – A small and light camping SIM ideal for festivals
  28. Vango Transit Trolley £33 – Makes moving your tent and camping gear a doddle!
  29. Summit Juice Bank Portable Charger £11.00 – Keep your essential devices fully charged.
  30. Beauty BLVD Face Gems £7.99 – Create an eye-catching look that’s easy and faff free



The post CAMPING30 Festival Camping Must Haves 2019 appeared first on Camping Blog Camping with StyleActive, Outdoors & Glamping Blog.

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Call to ‘act local’ to stop plastics entering the UK’s rivers and canals & ending up in the world’s oceans Canal & River Trust Launches Waterways Plastics Challenge.

Canal & River Trust, the waterways and wellbeing charity that cares for 2,000 miles of canals and river navigations in England and Wales, has published research about the volume of plastics and litter found in its waterways.

The charity is today (June 5th) urging communities to take action on their doorstep to make their local neighbourhood beautiful and help tackle the global plastics crisis – don’t drop it, pick it up and recycle it to help make the nation’s canals and rivers plastics free.

Working with Coventry University, the charity has published a detailed analysis of the plastics and other litter found in its waterways.  The research, which reviewed data from 25 locations, found that plastics now account for 59% of waste found along its canals.  It estimates that 570,000 items of plastic reach the world’s oceans each year via its waterways. With the help of local communities this figure could be drastically cut.

Peter Birch, national environmental policy advisor at Canal & River Trust, says: “By taking a little care of their local waterway, everyone can have beauty on their doorstep.  The Canal & River Trust is on a mission to eradicate plastics from our vast network of canals and rivers – helping us all to live in better, more beautiful neighbourhoods, whilst tackling a global issue, and making life better by water.”

Studies show that around 80% of the plastics and litter found in our oceans comes from inland waste that passes through water-courses around the world and out to sea.

Peter adds: “Devastatingly, despite being vital green corridors in the nation’s towns and cities, our canals and rivers can inadvertently act as ‘plastics highways’, transporting rubbish from where we live out to sea. Not only is this a huge problem for wildlife, which can be harmed, it also detracts from these special and important wellbeing places in our towns and cities. We believe everyone deserves – and can help create – beauty on their doorstep, and by taking action locally, they will also be helping tackle a global issue.”

As canals and rivers become more accessible – over four million people visit them every two weeks – and with almost one in five people admitting to dropping litter, a lot of this can unfortunately end up in our waterways. The vast majority of the litter found along and in the canals each year is potentially recyclable or could be re-used in creative and innovative ways. (4/5/6)

The Trust is calling on every visitor to its waterways to make their own small contribution to help keep them clear of plastics, whether by picking up and recycling a piece each time they visit, joining the Trust’s growing band of volunteers, or even adopting a short stretch of their local canal with friends, neighbours or colleagues. 

The Trust, which is supporting Defra’s Year of Green Action working with #iwill4nature encouraging youth environmental action, has also published a downloadable free family plastics and litter activity pack which highlights to children the importance of taking action to prevent it.

Richard Parry, chief executive of Canal & River Trust, says: “We know that life is better by water and more people than ever appreciate the benefits of spending time alongside our waterways, right at the heart of thousands of communities across the country. 

Plastic and litter free canals are beautiful, inspiring places for people to enjoy, whether for everyday use or a one-off visit, whilst also being hugely important habitats for some of the nation’s much loved and endangered species. Help us tackle a global issue by taking action on your doorstep today.”

Get involved

Read the research report and find out more about the Canal & River Trust’s Plastics Challenge or follow us on social media @CanalRiverTrust  #PlasticsChallenge

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