Beech Estate woodland campsite in Sussex

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Responsible tourism: Beech Estate woodland campsite in Sussex

Environment

Our company is based on a philosophy of living lightly on the land in harmony with nature. Our campsite is totally off-grid and is based on an ecological and environmentally sensitive ideology. Our campsite has been created as part of a woodland program with an experienced forester. The aim is to improve this beautiful woodland and allow others to enjoy and experience the woodland.

We are passionate about recycling and re-using wherever possible. We encourage our guests to recycle their rubbish and treat the woodland with respect. We ask campers to observe our woodland code and the countryside code. We source firewood from local suppliers, supporting the local economy, and protecting the deadwood in the woodland which replenishes the soil and provides a natural habitat for a range of wildlife. The woodland is home to deer, badger, foxes, rabbits, small mammals, snakes, lizards and a wealth of bird and insect life. The adjacent meadowland is full of wildflowers and supports a number of rare insects and many different types of butterfly.

We state the following to our campers:
You are in a natural environment and as such you agree to respect all local flora and fauna. Any damage, willful or negligent, will be taken seriously and may result in you and your party being requested to leave the campsite. In such cases we will treat your booking as having been cancelled by you and you will not be entitled to any refund.
You must not collect firewood from the woodland area. Fallen dead wood provides a natural habitat for many creatures. Please use only firewood supplied by us.
Our aim is to encourage re-growth in the wood. Our presence helps new tree growth to be protected from rabbits and deer.

Community

We are a Sussex business, based in the area in which we operate our two woodland campsites. We aim to support local businesses and to employ local people. This campsite was built using the skills of people to the local area and we continue to use local suppliers for our on-going needs wherever possible.

We advise our campers about local businesses they can use while they are on the campsite through our welcome packs, notice boards and information sheets. We send this information about local businesses out to campers and glampers when they book so they can start planning their holiday and also include it on our website. Here are a few of the local businesses we promote:

Walks:
There are many picturesque and peaceful walks around the campsite. We leave a few suggestions on good routes at the campsite. Many walks can incorporate a lunch or pint at our closest pubs: The Squirrel Inn and The Netherfield Arms.

On-site activities:
On Saturdays in the summer holidays bushcraft expert David Horne comes to the estate to lead popular forest school classes for our younger campers.

Farm shops: There are many good farm shops in the area around the campsite. Two we particularly recommend are Great Park Farm Nursery and Hope Cottage Farm Shop.

Places to visit:
The historic towns of Battle and Lewes are within a short drive from the campsite. Both have many historic buildings and independent shops to explore.

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