The little team at CimG HQ are ridiculously excited about our impending summer. Forgive us for sounding fed up, but here in the UK there was absolutely nothing funny about our recent winter. But at LAST, we’re halfway through May, the sun’s out, the ground is dry and even softies like me could dig out our sleeping bags this weekend. My problem is the massive choice available. More than 800 quiet and exclusive campsites with welcoming and helpful owners await the garden camper all over the globe. The only continent not on our map is Antarctica.
I get the lovely job of seeing the brand new campsite entries as they are submitted to our website - and they are currently coming in every day. I love some of the descriptions, and we all really appreciate the good pictures. Today’s winning description had me reaching for the Grillo and a dish of juicy olives because it was sent in from Sicily and it said:
‘Waking up in the peace of the olive trees, to touch little stone walls a hundred years old, to hear the song of hoopoe, lie down in the shade of a carob tree 10 meters wide, to smell lemon and jasmine: welcome you in this place.
From here you can go to the archaeological park of Selinunte, to know the life of near fishing village, sunning on its long beach.
And when you go back, you can to roast the fish you bought and tasting of our black bread and our extra virgin olive oil.’
Damn near perfect, at 7 euro per night, and only a maximum of 10 pitches - so today I want to go to Sicily where we now have 5 wonderful garden campsites. All of them have lovely views, sun-baked earth, warm stone walls, romantic descriptions and acres of olives.
I also loaded a garden in Denmark, and two in Germany (one on the Baltic and another beautifully equipped for small children) and they also look damn near perfect…. I guess this is just a great reminder of the huge range and individuality of the garden camping experience. Where will you choose?
Horay for the internet! Once again i'm so pleased to have discovered yet another inspiring example of the growing movement that has become coined as 'collaborative consumption'.
Living in a long terrace of houses, each with a teeny tiny strip of garden, it has always bugged me that it seems necessary to give shed-space to a lawnmower, in the full knowledge that everyone in the street (with the exeption of those who had paved over the lawn) was also storing the same bits of equipment, used in most cases no more than 5 times each year. What a waste of space and money!
So I was delighted this week to come across www.streetbank.co.uk - a movement of people who share with their neighbours. Basically their website facilitates neighbourhood sharing - people list skills or items that they are willing to lend or give away, and can view the lists that have been posted by other people within 1 mile.
Join up if you'd like to "Build community, save cash and help the planet" - all very much in the spirit of Campinmygarden.com!!!
"Collect moments, not things"
do we have any Spanish campers coming to London for the Olympics who would be happy to speak to the Spanish paper Marca? If so, please let me know - looking forward to hearing from you
Well, it's been an incredibly busy start to the year, and we've been flat out trying to get the site ready for the Olympics. Now that the great weather's arrived we've had a surge in interest in the website, and some happy campers already this year!
We promise to blog a lot more in the next few days and weeks, but right now we need some help! We've been contacted by a Dutch News station who are interested in interviewing any Dutch folk in our community who will be camping in a London garden for the olympics. If you fit the bill, and would be happy to tell your story we'd be so glad to hear from you - please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much,
Until last week, I didn’t know that there was a name for businesses such as Campinmygarden.com, whose main purpose is to facilitate the sharing and borrowing of space, items and services which are not being fully utilised. The name is collaborative consumption. I also didn’t realise quite how many businesses are emerging in this field until I attended an inspiring conference hosted by NESTA in London yesterday. If you want to read more about this subject I would strongly recommend taking a look at http://collaborativeconsumption.com/
It is so uplifting to see something so positive coming out of the negative financial depression that has so evidently affected the majority of households. It appears that it is has really focussed our minds to find ways to live life with less waste, making the most of our assets and appreciating the simple things in life once again.
I personally think it is a very healthy and rewarding way to live. I now gain satisfaction from utilising everything I have and actually enjoy looking after and repairing rather than replacing things in the way I used to in the not so distant past.
Below are my top picks of other collaborative consumer based websites that you might enjoy;
Parkatmyhouse.com – A great website allowing you to rent your drive space. http://www.parkatmyhouse.com/
BlaBlacar.com – If you commute regularly or are planning a one off journey you can share the cost of fuel and reduce carbon emissions. http://www.blablacar.com/
Sharemystorage.com – If you have any spare space in a garage, a shed, a spare room, a loft etc you could get an income for renting it out as a storage facility. http://sharemystorage.com/
Swishing.co.uk – why not swap clothes with other members of this online fashion community if you’re bored of your old wardrobe? http://swishing.co.uk/
Mytaskangel.co.uk – A brilliant website that matches your tasks to a service provider in your local area who can carry out that task for you. It’s completely free to post a task and the service providers will reply with bids. The modern day bob-a-job. http://mytaskangel.co.uk/
Foodhost.co.uk - Want to live out your very own “come down with me” experience? You can now with a website that is encouraging local communities to get to know their neighbours through dinner parties. http://foodhost.co.uk/
Rentmyitems.co.uk – Basically you can rent out or borrow anything and everything from other members of your local community through this website from a lawnmower to a bike. http://www.rentmyitems.com/
Landshare.net. is a community based website matching people with some spare land to people who would like a space to grow their own produce. The community is now 55,000 strong and growing. http://www.landshare.net/
There is also an excellent series on channel 4 at the moment called SuperScrimpers which discusses other ways to live efficiently in a “waste not want not” manner; http://www.channel4.com/programmes/superscrimpers-waste-not-want-not. It was very exciting to see Campinmygarden.com mentioned on the programme last Wednesday as a way to make some additional money from your home.
Vicky (Founder of Campinmygarden.com)
17th March 2012