Landowners ban camping at popular beauty spot
Walter Renwick’s fields at Plankey Mill have been used for generations as a family picnic and camping spot along the banks of the river West Allen.
But the tenant farmer is now having to turn people away from the site following a change in his tenancy agreement with The Catholic Trust, which owns the land.
But Mr Renwick says that when he signed his new tenancy agreement he was not aware that the permission to open the fields to the public had been removed adidas zx .
He said: “They said I would have to have paid extra for that, which I hadn’t realised, so I asked for the contract to be rewritten and I would pay, but they wouldn’t budge.
“They’ve told me I only adidas zx have one chance and if they see any cars in the field then they would stop my tenancy.”
There has been camping in the field since Mr Renwick’s father started it in the 1940s and the site is also popular with local Scouts and Cubs groups.
The farmer said he thought one of the main attractions of the campsite was adidas zx the permission to light real fires.
He said: “I come round at night with a brazier for each camping group, or two if it’s a large group, and I ask them how long they’ll be up for so I can work out how many bags of logs they need to buy.
“I light all the fires at about 8pm and I give each group a bin for them to put all their rubbish in.”
Inevitably, the relaxed arrangements have attra adidas zx cted youngsters wanting to camp and drink alcohol, but Mr Renwick said: “That’s just what youngsters want to do these days, but they just sit round the fires and drink. They know they aren’t allowed in the woods and they don’t go there and they put all the rubbish and cans in the bin and I always make sure the field is immaculate in the summer.”
Mr Renwick said he couldn’t understand why The Catholic Trust was objecting to the use of the field.
He said: “People don’t complain about the camping and the police were only called out twice last year, which I wouldn’t say was bad for a whole season.
“This is a nice site with a lovely sun trap and I let people have a fire. It’s been going on that long, it’s nice to see people happy in the field.”
A spokesman for the Catholic Trust’s property consultants Stanton Mortimer said there was concern as to how Mr Renwick could deal with any undesirable campers on his own.
“If it’s going to end him in trouble, the landlords don’t want to be a part of it,” the spokesman said.
“There’s a properly managed car park at the other end of the river, which is very different from the set up in Walter Renwick’s field.
“There will be people who remember the site from when Mr Renwick’s father was the tenant and there will be disappointment at the closure. As for the local Scouts groups, if they want to write to us and ask for permission to camp we would consider that on its merit.”.