Camp rules, practicalities & vibe

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Dogs
Dogs are not allowed on site, because of ground-nesting birds and livestock being present nearby. Apologise for the previously incorrect information about this which was briefly online, this was a personal mistake by a sleepy website updater.

Transport to and from the camp
Hebden Bridge is well served by a railway line with regular trains from Manchester, Leeds and Halifax (Hebden is also about 3.5 hours from London by train). We’ll be running a shuttle bus from Hebden train station up to the camp on Friday from 12pm to 7pm and on Saturday morning 9am to 12pm. You can find out more information about this on the location page.

Welcome tent
When you arrive at the Land Camp, come first to the Welcome Tent at the front entrance to get a printed version of this booklet and other information about the camp layout and facilities. if you’ve been on-site for a bit already and see someone new looking lost, please make them feel welcome, and send them over to the Welcome Tent if they have questions.

Camp decision-making
The camp has been organised by Land Justice Network, a non-hierarchical network of groups and individuals. At the camp we will be holding site meetings each morning at which decisions about camp practical operations and activities will be made. The sessions will be facilitated and run on the principle of consensus decision-making.

Helping with jobs on site
Land Camp needs everyone to pitch in and help with jobs! At each morning site meeting, there will be shout-outs for volunteers to help on the rotas for that day: cooking, washing up, emptying compost loos, picking up litter, construction, and any other odd jobs needing doing.

Safe spaces policy
The Land Camp & Occupation has a safe spaces policy that we will be adhering to throughout.

Children and under-18s safeguarding
Under-18s should come accompanied by a responsible adult; there will be contacts on site to address any issues.

First aid and medical emergencies
A first aid kit will be in the welcome Tent at the camp site, and several LJN people with first aid training will be present throughout the camp – they’ll be identified at the Welcome Tent, at daily morning meetings, and at the opening plenaries. Please be aware that the camp site is pretty remote: the nearest A&E is Calderdale royal hospital near Halifax, 7 miles away, tel. 01422 357171.

Police presence and liaison
The camp’s police policy is to not allow police on site. There will be a Land Camp police liaison spokesperson. For more on this, please see the Legal info page later in this booklet.

Leccy and charging phones
We’re in the middle of a climate emergency, so we’ll be trying to rely as little on fossil fuels as we can. Power is being supplied by solar panels and a small wind turbine, plus an array of batteries. There will be a charging point for phones in the Media Tent – but leccy will be limited and Media Team will need to take priority for charging access

Sobriety on camp
Alcohol or drugs should remain off site. This is to ensure the safety, comfort and rest of everyone and to ensure the effectiveness of the occupation. We will, however, provide alcohol at the evening parties, at which there will be music and entertainment; music will be turned off at midnight

Cigarettes and fire risk
If you smoke, please keep cigarette butts in a pouch/tin, or dispose of them in one of the designated bins on site. This is essential to help protect the sensitive ecology of the area, and minimise the potential for wildfires on the moor at times of dry weather. in the unlikely event of fire, raise the alarm; a tank of water will be stored on site, a spring is close by; call 999.

Respect for the land
We’re here to call for the land to be restored, and will be acting accordingly. The camp is on largely-abandoned farmland, with limited current ecological value. But we’re not far from Walshaw Moor, which (despite the actions of its owner) is designated as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI). It’s home to various species of rare birds, mammals and insects so please treat the local environment with the utmost respect, don’t disturb nesting birds on the moors, and don’t drop litter.

Waste & recycling
We’ll be leaving the site in a better state than we found it. That means zero litter, and for all waste to be put in the recycling bins, which will be taken off site at the end of the camp to a local recycling centre in the Calder Valley.

Toilets
We’re using compost loos and straw bales at the camp, which are better for the environment than flush loos because they use no water.

  • Please pee in the toilets marked for peeing (and the straw bale urinals) and poo in the toilets marked for poo! This is vital as it helps greatly with hygiene and disposal.
  • All toilets will be gender-neutral.
  • After doing your business, please wash your hands at the hand-washing station next to the toilets and use the eco-friendly soap.
  • The humanure and pee-soaked straw bales will be disposed of off-site hygienically and sustainably after the camp.

Water
The water on site will come from 1) tapwater stored in a tank, 2) a local spring. Please use water from the tank sparingly – re-filling it with tapwater involves a long drive. if you choose to drink the spring water, we recommend purifying it first by boiling it or using iodine/ chlorine tablets.

Meals
There will be meals on site. There will be a camp rota for helping out in the kitchen and washing up after each meal.