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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 […]

Spring arrives at the campsite in Sussex

The first signs of spring in Sussex have been appearing around the campsite recently. This makes it a good time to go looking for snakes. The snakes hibernate over winter and then start to emerge from their burrows to bask in the early spring sunshine so that they can go hunting for prey to re […]

Wild snacks around the campsite

This time of year is fantastic around the campsite as all of the plants that we planted start to show their produce. We landscaped the Secret campsite with wildlife and edible plants in mind and over time, as the plants have established, they are starting to become productive.     This has meant we can now […]

Herbal infusions

Last week i was castigated by a camper for describing our herbal infusions as herbal teas. I’m not one to be to picky about the leaves we harvest for our hot drinks, but i did rather see the point that was being made. Tea is an infusion made from camellia sinensis. In chinese tea is […]

Massive caterpillar eats tea bed

Therri the resident Sussex herbalist at the Secret Campsite has just been clearing and weeding our tea bed. This will make it easier for campers to pick leaves and flowers from the bed that she planted a few years ago. The plants in the bed can all be used to provide relaxing tisanes for people looking […]

Free drinks at the campsite

Its a blazing hot summers day and you have been on a long walk in dusty fields, or perhaps, you get back to the campsite after wild swimming in the river at Barcombe Mills and want to slake your thirst or: your feet are hot and aching and the perfect solution is to soak them in […]

Real camping Feast

This all stemmed from a simple question I had on Friday from the first campers who checked in this year. They asked where they could get some great food for their supper on a bank holiday. Good Friday was a beautiful day but everyone knew that the weather was set to change over the weekend, which added a […]

Apple harvest and pressing

This weekend we picked a large batch of apples from around the campsite and then fought off the wasps to press them into apple juice which the girls sold through the Secret Teapot cafe at reception. The weather was fantastic all weekend which meant that the picking, chopping and pressing were all fun to do. […]

Come to Octoberfeast and stay at our Campsite near Lewes

We are really lucky that our campsite near Lewes in sunny East Sussex is so close to all of the exciting and interesting things that go on there. This autumn is the annual Octoberfeast event when the town and local people showcase their brilliant cooking and eating skills with a fortnight of scoffing and indulgence. […]

Sunflowers and weird fruits

The campsites unusual edible orchard has just been undersown with a crop of sunflowers and Phacelia. Phacelia is a beautiful mauve flower that attracts the bees in their droves, all sorts come along bumble bees, mason bees, honeybees. The problem with sowing sunflowers is that it is like offering a free dinner at the The Ivy  restaurant […]

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