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Trees around the campsite

Winter it is a great time to see the different shapes of our native trees. When we first set up the Secret Campsite in 2012 we planted a huge number of trees using a grant from the Woodland Trust. The Woodland Trust is a charity set up with the aim to encourage people to plant […]

Woodland around the campsite in winter

Initially, it seems to have gone very quiet here on the campsite and in the surrounding woodland. The trees are bare, we hear no insects buzzing, there are no bats flying. Amphibians and reptiles are nowhere to be seen. However, despite the appearance of dormancy, if we pay attention, we realise that nature still seems […]

The Gridshell

Jason Thawley of George Clarks amazing spaces fame, designed and built his first Gridshell for us. The structure is built from locally sourced wooden laths of ash. These are clad in a heavy duty marine canvas. The Gridshell is located in the orchard part of the campsite and has its own firepit. There is an […]

The Tree Tent

Our Tree Tent is similar to a Dormouse nest, and it was the first one to go up in England. The Tree Tent featured in George Clarkes Amazing Spaces and has been lovingly created by Brighton based designer Jason Thawley. Access to the Tree Tent is via wooden stairs, and the tent is suspended between […]

Real camping at The Secret Campsite

Our meadow camping pitches are large and well spread out. On average there is at least 15 metres in between pitches. Most of the time much more. How many can stay We limit the number of people on pitches to keep the site peaceful and to encourage lots of wildlife into the campsite. Our limit […]

Forage and Harvest

Summer seems to have quickly turned into deep Autumn. Worse still, Winter feels very much as though it’s looming just around the corner. As the days get cooler its easy to yearn for the warmer and brighter days of the Summer months. But, we’re doing our best to revel in the darkness of this time […]

Tawny Owls fill the woods with hoots

The Secret Campsite is surrounded by beautiful and lovingly managed woodland, in particular Knowlands Wood. Knowlands is managed as a private nature reserve by owner Nick Lear and his family. Lots of native creatures spill out of Knowlands on a daily basis and campers get the chance to encounter them. During our mini summer getaway, […]

Whats happening above ground around the campsite

Its really easy to spend the day with your head down dealing with things infront of you. Its very invigorating to take a break from this and start to look upwards and forwards. Sometimes this is where all of the fun can be had Foraging By day we’re peering up into the crowns of trees. […]

Dormouse moves in next to the campiste

We have some exciting news! In the last two weeks of September we spotted a Hazel dormouse, just outside the campsite! Michael and Katherine, who are ecologists from the Ecology Consultancy Bakerwell Ltd and are based at The Secret Campsite, had the lucky encounter during one of their lunchbreaks. Sadly, we didn’t manage to catch […]

Telegraph’s 20 best campsites near a pub

I only found out on Monday morning when Katherine in the office asked me about Giant Crested Newts. She’d read it in The Sunday Telegraphs 20 best campsites near a pub feature. But best of all, The Secret Campsite had been picked as one of them. Better still, we were the first one listed…..hooray We […]

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