Avoiding those bugs: June 2013
An outdoor insect shelter and mosquito net has been created by a former employee of the Club. The Bugzfreezone shelter is the brainchild of Roger Adams, who was formerly the Club’s Portfolio Manager for the Club Sites Department.
Simon McGrath, Editor of Camping & Caravanning, took a closer look at the shelter during a tent testing day at Blackmore Club Site. He said: "I think the product is an interesting idea and there may well be a place for it in the market.
"I've encountered mosquitoes and the like in my travels around the world and also camped in some fantastic places in Scotland where I've had the problem of swatting away the midges. So this is a shelter that I can see people using on camping trips because it enables you to dine alfresco, enjoy the views but not be pestered by flies, providing there's adequate space to accommodate it on your pitch. And once packed down it's not very bulky or heavy either."
The product is aimed at helping people enjoy sitting outside but without having the problem of flying insects buzzing around.
The Bugzfreezone combines a light coloured polyester roof with black mesh side panels. It's shower-proof and can accommodate an outdoor picnic table and chairs. Access is through a D-shaped door on one side while you can unzip the central section on the facing side. Once zipped up, you can sit back, enjoy your alfresco meal, not to mention the views – and not have to swat the midges or mozzies.
Roger drew his inspiration during a visit to Spain where a friend had created a shelter to combat the mosquitoes. He then took this further and to create a product that he felt was sturdy enough for the British weather.
Roger, who worked at the Club for nearly 20 years and is a co-opted member of the Exempted Camping Committee, said: “I’m pleased that it was something I thought was entirely new for the British market and a wonderful invention to help people enjoy the great outdoors.”
He feels the shelter could be particularly well suited to use on Temporary Holiday Sites and Certificated Sites, where pitch space can be less of an issue. Or just for use in the garden.
Roger’s also pleased with the portability of the shelter and that it packs away small and quickly. He said: “It won’t take up a lot of space in the boot of your car.”
As for the product’s future, Roger added: “We would like to extend the range depending on how popular this becomes.”
Avoid Flying Insects - 5 photos
The new Bugzfreezone
The new Bugzfreezone A new idea providing protection from flying and biting insects
Pole support Roger feels his shelter will withstand British weather
Bug free dining Bug free dining
Roger is proud of his creation Roger outside his Bugzfreezone
The Bugzfreezone proves to be versatile A zipped panel provides an additional access to the Bugzfreezone