Years ago, I sweated for two days in my garden, planting a long laurel hedge. Straight, level and healthy when finished, it was dead within four months through a strange combination of hyperactive moles and severe flooding. (The flooding sorted out the moles). Between the expense, effort and disappointment, I was gutted and have no interest in ever planting a hedge again. Happily, I won’t need to as Tobyn Cleeves (www.campingwithsoul.co.uk) is offering windbreaks that fit the bill. Initially, the Camping with Soul website featured dry stone wall images but laurel hedges are now on offer. When I look back over the years, it’s hard to credit that windbreaks have been either plain and boring or the blue with stripes of those cheapo beach versions.
Sadly, I can see the nightmare of sponsorship occurring to companies and campers and we will be unzipping our tents to be faced with an assault on our senses funded by sellers of goods and services. Heaven help us if electric hook-ups mean that neon is a possibility. On the other hand, there is a certain appeal in being sponsored, for instance, by the Wylam Brewery so I may consider making my own blank canvases and putting the space out to tender.