The most important thing that we do on the meadow is look after the environment. Our eco facilities are sustainable and leave as little impact as possible. Camping is all about living lightly on the land for a few days – leaving as little trace as possible and enjoying the environment that surrounds us.
You can read our Green Policy here.
You can find our Eco Travel Policy here.
We have access to mains water on site, but once we have used it we need to find a way to dispose of it without causing harm to the environment. Living in one of the driest places in Britain, we also try to save as much water as we can.
The grey water produced on site is recycled by ‘Grow’, a system that uses gravel and marginal plants to filter waste water. Once filtered the water can safely soak away to the surrounding hedges or can be used to water plants in the farm garden.
We have an undercover washing up area with mains water supply. Guests are supplied with eco washing up liquid, cloths and tea towels. When the rocket stove is busy heating shower water you can also use it as a hot plate to boil a kettle for washing up water.
We want to do our best to help fuel the idea that composting toilets can be both practical and beautiful. Our toilet design separates liquids and solids and by providing good ventilation we can ensure that they stay smell free. Each of the two loo huts has its own sink unit with hot and cold water, a mirror and environmentally friendly handwash. Over the years we have camped in tents that are too small to stand up in, so we have also made sure that there is plenty of room to get changed or gather all of the children for the ceremonial brushing of teeth.
We also have ‘The Wee Hut’ urinal for the boys. It has its own sink unit with cold water tap.
Wood fired/solar power shower
The large shower has space to get changed and hang up your clothes and towels. Water for the shower is heated using a combination of solar panels and our rocket stove. After a lot of experimentation we have discovered that water is one of the most difficult substances to heat. As it can take several hours to heat a full tank we light the stove just once a day. The water heats up in the afternoon, ready for showers in the evening or the next morning. When we are busy we don’t have enough hot water for everyone to have a hot shower every day so we ask that campers are considerate of others when using the eco facilities.
There is no electricity on the meadow. All of the power needed to supply lights and water pumps is generated by the sun. We do have 12v USB phone charging points in the camp kitchen (phone signal here is mixed), but no 240v plug sockets.
Battery lanterns and solar chandeliers or wall lights are provided in the StarDome and the Living van & Shepherds hut. The fire pits are lit with lanterns and tealights. It does get very dark on site at night so you might find it useful to bring a torch with you.
We try to reuse ‘found things’ as much as possible on site. Separate bins are available for general rubbish, recycling and compost. On average our campers generate two bags of recycling for every one bag of general waste which is fantastic! Food waste goes to a compost bin where we create compost for potting campsite plants and adding to the farm garden. We kindly ask that any larger items that you no longer have need for (broken chairs, popped inflatable mattresses, toys, pots and pans etc) are taken back home with you for disposal.
Promoting eco travel
We have a bike shelter on our campsite and can lend you a bicycle free of charge for an outing during your stay. There is a small selection of child’s bikes but we do also have a child seat to fit on the back of an adult bike. We make sure that the tyres are pumped up and they are ready to go. All of the bikes are second hand though and have seen many adventures before. We ask that you check them to make sure that you are happy before you set off. The bike shelter also contains a pump, puncture kit and bike locks.
Cycle and walking maps are available to browse in the camp kitchen.
To really encourage greener camping we offer a 10% eco travel discount for guests arriving by public transport or under their own steam. See eco travel for further details.