Gumber Camping Barn and Camp Site in Sussex

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Environment
Gumber Bothy is a converted traditional Sussex barn maintained by the National Trust. When the barn was converted into bunkhouse accommodation many years ago local craftsmen were used and the renovations were done so sympathetically. Many of the original features remain today including the old timber beams.

To preserve the peaceful environment of the bothy and surrounding Slindon Estate there is no vehicle access to the site. Walking, cycling and riding to the bothy is very much encouraged and thus visitors carbon footprint is kept to a minimum. Secure bicycle storage is provided, as is accommodation for horses by prior arrangement. Although at present there is no solar power or methods in place to reuse rain water (plans have been discussed for the future) the bothy impacts little on the environment. Due to the simplicity of the building, there are no power sockets just light switches; the energy used is kept to a minimum.

The Slindon Estate comprises of 1,400 hectares of woodland, downland, farmland and parkland spanning across the South Downs National Park. The National Trust strives to maintain land as an environment that supports a rich diversity of life and the Slindon Estate is no exception. Conservation projects are central to how the land and woodland is managed on the estate. One example of this is the hazel woodland being coppiced to provide a safe habitat for the thriving dormice population and other small wildlife. The estate is home to an abundance of wildlife and there are a number of badger sets in the vicinity. Swallows nest in the barns roof and you are more than likely to catch sight of all the other usual suspects; deer, rabbits, hares and stoat. On the estate there are 5 tenant farmers one of whom provides the pumpkins for one of Slindon's Autumn highlights.
Community

The Impacts of this Trip

Gumber Bothy is managed by the National Trust and one of the three wardens is contactable at all times. Our enthusiasitic Volunteers work with the wardens throughout the year and without their hard work and commitment much of the vital work could not continue. All the money taken by the bothy and campsite goes back into the buildings running costs, general upkeep and any maintenance work that needs doing.

Visitors are encouraged to support the local community by making the most of the local pub and shop, fantastic not just because they are the closest to the bothy! The George in Eartham is around 2.5 miles walk from the bothy and offers great locally sourced food and a selection of ale from local breweries. The Forge is Slindon’s village shop and café and is 3 miles from the bothy. The Forge was opened in October 2012 after the community worked extremely hard to create their new village shop and café. The Forge is run by and for the community. The funding for the shop came from a mixture of sources however; the largest sum came from the community itself- with over 150 people buying ‘community shares’ in the venture. So when visiting Slindon or whilst staying at the bothy be sure to pop in and support The Forge, the cake is amazing!

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