Forest camping – what is the philosophy of our forest campsites?
Eco Camp UK provide forest camping in natural woodland settings. Our two forest campsites in Sussex, both allow campers to have their own campfires. They are set in beautiful private woods in East Sussex and West Sussex. At Beech Estate Woodland Campsite, in East Sussex, we aim to provide forest camping in both our unique ‘wild glamping’ tents and off-grid tent pitches where you can pitch your own tents.. At Wild Boar Wood Campsite, in the Heart of Sussex, we provide just our ‘wild glamping’ bell tents. Our pitches and tents are set within glades and natural openings, so you feel like you really experiencing camping amongst the trees.
We aim encourage an experience of discovery. At Eco Camp UK’s two forest campsites you can take time to get to know the environment of these beautiful parts of Sussex. You can learn to recognise the indigenous trees; oak, beech, hornbeam, birch, ash, holly and hazel. You can listen to and identify the many and varied songbirds. Spot the tracks and habitat of the local wildlife, and learn the names and properties of the woodland plants.
We prefer to label our fully equipped bell tents as ‘wild glamping’. In comparison to other ‘luxury camping’ campsites, we aim to offer a real, off-grid forest camping experience. At Eco Camp UK we have no hair dryers, mobile phone chargers, butler service, silk sheets or hot tubs. Rather we provide a real camping experience made easy. Supplying just about all the camping equipment you should need, all waiting for you, setup in a lovely campsite in the woods.
Eco Camp UK is based on a philosophy of living lightly on the land in harmony with nature. The conservation of trees, we believe offers overwhelming benefits that woods and trees to our landscape and lives.
The two local Councils in which our forest campsites are located, place certain restrictions on our operation as we are within Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). These dictate certain restrictions on our site facilities, their size, our infrastructure and the amenities we may offer. Keeping every item we provide in our bell tents in mint condition in a woodland without a power source provides it own challenges. Using resources for their full lifespan is our ethos and a necessary practise in our small business. We endeavour to always provide clean, practical equipment and facilities, within the confines of our planning permission and the environment in which we operate.
- We do not use any electricity at the site; lighting is provided by solar lamps, wind-up lanterns, low energy led battery units and candles.
- We encourage you to heat the water for our unique eco bucket showers in our custom built wood-fired stoves or directly from the latent heat from your campfire. Recently we have had to include gas water heaters and both forest campsites to comply with the (ridiculous) campsite licence rules.
- We are family friend, and encourage a chilled, relaxed campsite. We operate a low noise policy after 10pm at night to respect fellow campers. No electronic music is permitted (singing and acoustic music is fine until 10pm!). Sorry no dogs or other pets are allowed in the forest campsites to preserve the native flora and fauna.
- Each tent pitch and bell tent has it own an open fire pit for cooking and relaxing around.
- Each bell tent has its own award winning wood-fired eco camp stove (originally developed for the third world), kelly kettle, rocket stove or similar.
- Compost toilets are dry and fresh and completely biodegradable and kept clean (good nutrition for the trees!) We now have flushing toilets at both campsites!!
- All vehicles are parked away from the site, with wheelbarrows provided to carry provisions and bedding the walk across the field or along the forrest ride.
- All rubbish is taken away from the site by the campers, leaving no trace (we ask you to help with this as we are off-grid). If you manage to fit it the rubbish in you car when you came you should be able to take it home!
- We do have recycling bins at both sites and general rubbish collection at Wild Boar Wood now.
If you agree with our philosophy then please join us for some forest camping in Sussex.
We support the Woodland Trust – the UK’s largest woodland conservation charity and the leading voice for woods and trees.
We support the RSBP – the country’s largest nature conservation charity, inspiring everyone to give nature a home.
LOVE OUR WOODS – PLEASE LEAVE NO TRACE