The Sustainability Centre sprang to life in 1998, in a former naval communications base in the South Downs. with a vision to educate people about economical and environmental reform. Nestled among 55 acres of woodland and natural chalk downs, the campsite lies on the route of the spectacular South Downs Way. The tipis and yurt are located in the main campsite, divided by bays of brambles and trees. The tipis smell earthy inside, enhancing the site’s natural concept. The yurts, Rose and Olive, are furnished with rugs and cushions, a table and chairs, a log-burning stove and two double futon beds, or double and single. In the bays you’ll find four individual camping bays, Forget-Me-Not, Willow, Hazel and Yew – surrounded by nothing but trees, it really is a magical setting. Whichever canvas space you choose to spend the night in, you’ll find the cost of your stay economical, which is always a bonus.
The Earthworks Trust, which owns and runs the centre, is independent and funded in part through the income generated by its campsite, yurt, and two tipis. Various onsite paying courses (in the likes of permaculture, natural building, forest management, food foraging, herbal first aid and willow basket making) are scheduled throughout the year and conducted in a rather grand outdoor eco-classroom. Course participants can learn how to draw on conservation craft and natural remedies that could aid a healthy and sustainable future.
The campsite owner saysOur camping field is in a peaceful open space, surrounded by trees and creating a welcoming natural environment for individuals, families, group expeditions, companies and even wedding parties. We have a main campground with a fire pit as well as private camping bays. We encourage guests to enjoy nature and the natural environment, and we hope you will find it peaceful and relaxing nestled within our 55 acre woodland site. We promote the values of our wider organisation The Sustainability Centre. There are recycling containers by the car-park and we limit vehicle access to the campground so nature is allowed to flourish. Our facilities include a straw bale building that houses solar showers and a washing up area, a compost loo, running water and a clay pizza oven. Vegetarian food can be purchased during the day at the onsite Beech Cafe. We supply wood from our woodlands or from a small local producer. For larger events, celebrations or groups the whole campground may be rented for a fixed exclusive price, in accordance with our values on low-impact events.
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