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To: Bassetlaw District Council

Keep Longholme Farm Open

Keep Longholme Farm Open

We have put this petition together to show the council how much Longholme Farm Campsite means to people. We hope the council will consider this when deciding the fate of the site.
After a constant campaign of unfounded complaints from a select few local residents, Longholme Farm's future hangs in the balance.

Why is this important?

For two years, Longholme Farm has been one of the fastest growing and most successful campsites in the area.
Steve Crossland, the owner, is a genuine, hard working man who has built the site from the ground up. He has strived to make Longholme a place of fun and happiness with relaxed rules and a welcoming atmosphere and wants nothing more than to see people happy.
He and his wife, Gail, have worked hard through many trying times, losing their son to a tragic car accident being their biggest test, yet they have soldiered on, still faced with a constant barrage of unfounded complaints and now their future is being threatened.

Longholme has become an important and favourite place for so many families, including many local ones who need a break from time to time. Steve and Gail have created a safe environment for children to play and parents to relax and the site also attracts a lot of families with children with special needs because of it's safe, back to basics nature.
Along with this, the site has brought an incredible amount of business to the town and local businesses, working closely with local pubs and restaurants and bringing business to the shops and supermarkets. Doesn't every town benefit from this sort of tourism?! Isn't it the council's responsibility to encourage and protect tourism in their district?!

Although the campsite is their livelihood, Steve and Gail are not in this for money. They have given away many free stays to lucky competition winners, again bringing tourism to the town, and have helped many people who have had difficult times by offering free stays so they are able to provide holidays for their children.

All Steve and Gail want is to see people happy and for Longholme Farm to continue to provide this haven for SO MANY people!

Below are a few (of MANY) comments the site has received and can be found on their facebook page:

Tina Cartledge: "I've heard nothing but good reviews about your campsite and I'm looking forward to going next week with a friend."

Beverley Lee: "We including free camping for more than one family who struggle to get away with their chad a blast thanks to your dad and his hospitality and send you all the luck in the world going forward. We look forward to coming back some time in the future xx"

Seamus Monahan: "I must say we bloody love the site and steve the man is a giant amongst giants never have i had such a friendly welcome and a big smile looking forward to seeing you all later this month on the field of dreams"

Scott Vickers: "your dads site is close to us but the way it feels is like been in a far away land you forget your own worries the feild of dreams is very fitting keep fighting there is more support for steve than negativity dont let it get the better of this wonderful place"

Janet Nicholson: "im a local girl that loves coming to longholme even tho its ten mins away it makes me feel a thousand miles away and gives me and my family an escape to relax and have fun. long live longholme"

James Anderson: "From a Retford caravan and camper hope your hard work pays off best of luck"

More can be seen at

If you have a Longholme story to share, please send a message to the facebook page.


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Reasons for signing

  • I have signed because the field of dreams is a home from.home we was made to feel welcome straight away it's perfect for the children they become care free children they can run wild in a very safe and secure manor. We have become a part of a friendly family. We love longholme just like many others that visit. We travel for day visits . It's just amazing plus it's BRI going tourism and revenue to the area so its a win win scenario.
  • I have signed this petition as I feel the Longholme Farm is ideal for purpose and has helped so many people already and would continue to do so if allowed. This place is an asset to Retford
  • Steve is an amazing person who has single handlely converted my family to camping. With 4 small girls the site offers a save haven for them to run free, explore and grow. This is our third trip to longholme and we want to continue to come back year after year. My girls love to camp, toasting marsh mellows and most of all making there memories here. We hope to make many more in the company of lovely people and friends


2018-08-14 19:54:54 +0100

1,000 signatures reached

2018-08-14 18:31:37 +0100

Wow! We're not far off our first 1000 signatures! Thank you so much for supporting Longholme, I can't tell you how much it means to us. Please keep sharing! <3

2018-08-14 14:44:03 +0100

500 signatures reached

2018-08-14 13:32:00 +0100

400 signatures reached

2018-08-14 11:28:44 +0100

100 signatures reached

2018-08-14 11:18:57 +0100

50 signatures reached

2018-08-14 11:13:54 +0100

25 signatures reached

2018-08-14 11:10:22 +0100

10 signatures reached