Leave No Trace

We are all lovers of the great outdoors here, and spend as much time out in the wilds as possible. Additionally as a manufacturer and supplier of outdoor & camping equipment, we have a duty to spread the best possible practice to our customers and followers in order to best preserve the natural environments we all appreciate so much.

To this end, we adhere to and promote the Leave No Trace philosophy when exploring the outdoors; whether we are out adventuring ourselves or providing tips and inspiration to our customers.

Principles of Leave No Trace

1. Plan ahead and prepare

Understand the local regulations in your planned camping spot to avoid conflict with landowners or areas of conservation. Schedule your trip to avoid periods of high usage, and travel in small groups if possible to best manage your impact.

2. Travel and camp on durable surfaces

Durable surfaces for campsites include grasses, areas of strong trees, gravel or snow. We believe that good campsites are discovered, not made; so please avoid altering any parts of the area to suit your equipment. Only choose sturdy trees in good condition to set up your hammock, to avoid any breakages. As well as damaging the environment, this is obviously not good for your or your equipment!

3. Dispose of waste properly

Whatever you bring into your campsite, make sure you leave with as well. Do not leave rubbish or equipment behind - instead, bring it out with you and dispose of (or better yet, recycle) it when you return home. Human waste should be buried deep in a non-environmentally sensitive area, well away from watercourses.

4. Leave what you find

Leave everything in your campsite as you found it wherever possible - this includes rocks, plants and trees. We love the outdoors but the best souvenir from a trip is a photograph and good memories!

5. Minimise campfire impacts

Campfires can cause lasting damage to the countryside, so use a small stove or lantern for heat and light where possible. Where fires are permitted, do not set them on fresh ground; instead consider using a raised metal platform for example, and only use small sticks scavanged from the ground. Do not, under any circumstances, cut down live wood for burning. Ensure that any campfires are fully extinguished and cold ashes are scattered and hidden before moving on.

6. Respect wildlife

Observe wildlife from a distance (or through a lens!). Do not follow or approach wild animals, and certainly avoid feeding them - so make sure to keep your own food and rubbish protected from hungry critters too. This goes for livestock as well; make sure you know your access rights when it comes to agricultural land, and be aware of hunting / stalking access regulations.

7. Be considerate of other visitors

It's a big wild world out there, so lets respect each other! Be courteous with other adventurers and campers by keeping your noise and visual impact low. We love music, but nature has the best soundtrack to a night in the woods; so wait until you are at home before dancing to your favourite tunes.

DD Charity Update - February 2024

It's officially a new year of DD Charity! We're kicking off the first DD Charity Blog of 2024 by catching up with two UK based organisations who are working hard to bring the benefits and beauty of nature to as many people in need as possible - Rewilding Youth and My Own Time and Space (the charity arm of the Omnia Foundation). Read on to find out more about their ethos, adventures and projects!
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