A GLAMPING business is calling for more “definitive” guidance from the Government as the lockdown puts strain on the tourism industry.

Woodchests Glamping in Pebmarsh is appealing to the Government for clearer advice as uncertainty surrounds the industry.

The business specialises in glamorous camping or ‘glamping’ sites where visitors can come and stay over the summer.

Woodchests has been rocked in recent weeks as the lockdown struck just days before the site was set to open its doors to customers.

As a result, the business has been forced to hand out refunds and cancel months of bookings in what has been a damaging year for the business which is only in its second season.

Fortunately, the site will be able to start taking booking again in July, although it is not a certainty.

However, bosses at the site believe they should be able open their doors now given the nature of their business and are also appealing for clearer instructions on what to do next.

Director Hugh Crayston said: “We’re a small business and we are lacking definitive Government advice.

“It’d be easier if we could just tick boxes. Don’t get me wrong, we’ve had loads of guidance from the Government but we’re being left to figure our own views on it.

“We do a deep clean at the site pretty much anyway. We open the camp from April to October and we were expecting a good amount of visitors.

“We were pleased with the amount of bookings we had and hopefully we’ll be able to claw back some of the revenue when the restrictions are lifted and people are seeking to get away.

“Each of our tents are at least 40 metres apart and they all have their own facilities.

“If you could self-isolate at home you could absolutely be able to self-isolate here.

“We could be open right now. People are getting together and visiting parks now.

“If you come to the site what do you do? It’s not really an activity holiday. You come to hang around and enjoy being away, relax and have a barbecue.

“We are reliant on the advice the Government gives us. Sites have been exchanging comments and ideas, trying to come up with our own views. What we need is a definitive tick box of things we need to do.”