High Weald eco forest camping, England

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Environment

Eco Camp UK 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 Wild Boar Wood.

Our shower hot water is powered by a ecologically friend wood-burning stove. 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 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 Eco Camp UK.
Our aim is to encourage re-growth in the wood. Our presence helps new tree growth to be protected from rabbits and deer.
In 2012 we replaced the hedgerow between Wild Boar Wood and the woodland area at the top of the adjoining field.

Community

Eco Camp UK is a local Sussex business, based in the High Weald. Our aim is to support the local business and to employ local people. Last season we employed a range of local tradesmen and campsite staff.

We send out details regarding local businesses in our welcome pack. We also provide flyers and additional details in out information pack. Here are some of the businesses and activities we promote to our campers through our welcome pack.

Walks
There are many picturesque and peaceful walks around the campsite. We will leave a few suggestions on good routes at the campsite. Many walks can incorporate a lunch or pint at a local pub.

The Bluebell Railway
(approximately 5 miles from the campsite)
The volunteer-run Bluebell Line was the UK's first preserved standard gauge passenger railway, re-opening part of the Lewes to East Grinstead line of the old London Brighton & South Coast Railway in 1960. Since then it has developed into one of the largest tourist attractions in Sussex, yet it still remains true to its objectives; the preservation for posterity of a country branch line, its steam locomotives, coaches and goods stock, signaling systems, stations and operating practices.

Sheffield Park is the best place to join the Bluebell Railway. From the campsite turn right on to Treemans Road and then left at the junction on to Monteswood Lane. At the red post box triangle take the left fork, and then immediately right on to Ketches Lane. You will go past the Bluebell Vineyard Estate and a signpost to The Old Dairy Farm Shop. At the next junction turn right on to the A275. The Bluebell Railway is well signposted from the main road.

Sheffield Park (National Trust Park & Gardens)
(approximately 5 miles from the campsite)
This magnificent informal landscape garden was laid out in the 18th century by 'Capability' Brown and further developed in the early years of the 20th century by its owner, Arthur G. Soames. The original four lakes form the centrepiece. There are dramatic shows of daffodils and bluebells in spring, and the rhododendrons and azaleas are spectacular in early summer. Autumn brings stunning colours from the many rare trees and shrubs, and winter walks can be enjoyed in this ‘garden for all seasons’. You can now also explore South Park, 107 hectares (265 acres) of historic parkland, with stunning views.

From the campsite turn right on to Treemans Road and then left at the junction on to Monteswood Lane. At the red post box triangle take the left fork, and then immediately right on to Ketches Lane. You will go past the Bluebell Vineyard Estate and a signpost to The Old Dairy Farm Shop. At the next junction turn right on to the A275 and you will shortly arrive at Sheffield Park.

Horse Riding
Tremains Riding Stables, a horse riding school / equestrian centre ¼ of a mile from the campsite, offering horse riding lessons. To contact Tremains Riding Stables and equestrian riding school, please call them.

Landscape

We love to share knowledge about the wood and surrounding area. We also run educational courses in areas such as bush craft, tree identification and wildlife. The Wild Boar Wood setting is absolutely beautiful with so many different tree varieties in the wood. Amongst Oak, Birch – both Silver and Downy, Sweet Chestnut, Beech, Hazel and Holly were a few rare Wild Service trees.

A very educational walking tour with one of Eco Camp UK’s experts can help improve your woodland knowledge further. Paul and Hugh are also happy to share their knowledge of the woodland and of local landscape. We recommend children (and adults) download resources from The Woodland Trust before visiting the campsite. They have a range of activities which help people to further enjoy British woodland areas.

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