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Answering Adversity


Tilley Harris, Team London
Web site: www.itchyfingerphotography.com

The rolling green fields that carpet Britain’s back yard have welcomed rubber Wellington boots of all shapes and sizes this summer. With camping providing a cheap holiday alternative for many families, young professionals and students feeling the pinch and the uncertainty of the current financial times.

Campsite owners across the board have said that this year has been their best for almost 20 years, with their sites full to capacity all season. Many of the newer, more alternative campsites that have been particularly popular have made a noticeable effort to tap into society’s desire to downsize, go green and feel a sense of community once again. Many struggling farm owners who have set up campsites on their farms this year have also been extremely surprised by the financial success they have had from their substitute business venture.

The recent economic crisis and its backlash of budget cuts and unemployment has left much of the UK feeling uneasy about their future and finances. It seems that their search for certainty during uncertain times has lead them across British soil, to gather round campfires and revive their appreciation for the simpler things in life and the freedom of the great outdoors.

This year tents have spread throughout Britain’s countryside like an out of control campfire. People of all different ages and professions have put the demands, distractions and stresses of everyday life to one side and gotten back to the basics, proclaiming that their camping holiday, in the end, became so much more than just a way of saving money. The campers that kindly took part in this project had all traded trips abroad for a holiday at home, and all agreed that time in a tent with family and friends created a sense of camaraderie that is truly priceless.

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© Tilley Harris