Responsible Camping, our environment and Sustainability.
It is very important to us that we don't create too much waste that can harm the environment and beautiful landscape. Most campers are really careful about leaving the site clean and not leaving plastic bags to gather in the hedgrows and we appreciate that.
We do request thought that packaging and waste that you do need to leave behind be correctly sorted so that we can have it sent off for recycling most efficiently. We have a whole load of boxes into which you can sort just about everything. PLEASE use them. And while you're here in the countryside we are priveleged to be a part of, do it properly or take it home.
Cars and all vehicles are parked in the top field away from the tents. Please drive slowly across the main site. This keeps the site safe for children to play and maintains a real natural feel to your camping experience.
Our Planet's resources are precious, whether they come packaged up, freely, or straight from the tap. Please be aware of how much water you are using, particularly for washing up. It is easy to run it down the drain but we really could use a lot less. Waste water is an issue for us and the less we use, the less we have to get rid of. Some drains off under the trees so we also need to keep it clean and chemical free - please use plant based washing up liquid and soaps where possible and it will be tons better for your health too!
Welsummer was built on the understanding that the environment was at the centre of our vision. Many of our projects are the product of careful thought about our environment. Most of our buildings and structures are built with either sustainably sourced, local or recycled materials, and our development of the site takes the natural environment into consideration first and foremost.
Just some of our efforts:
2005 Decision to use zero chemicals on grounds. We practice solely organic growing. None of our grass, plants or trees have ever been subject to chemical fertilisers or weedkillers, and the same goes for our smallholdings and private areas.
2007 Planting of fruit and native trees and hedgerows encouraging wildlife corridors and enabling organic growing.
Coppicing in 2015 and 2017, sensitive to sustainable coppicing methods advantageous to good regrowth and wildlife corridors.
2015 build of Oak Tree Shelter taking into consideration the life of the tree, the shelter was built with poles from our own woodland, worked by hand and using zero chemicals. We have bugun 'chinking' the roof with tradional caulk made from our own mud!
Our wood burning stove provides hot water for the whole site meaning we are using renewable sources, our system was revamped in 2016 to ensure an efficient provision of energy and meaning any excess of energy is not wasted!
2016 rain water collection tanks. Although this only flushes the loos when the tanks are full, the amount of piped water is greatly reduced!
We line dry our linen and use handtowels in the bathroom to save on 'disposable' products such as paper towels.
Here at Welsummer we are so lucky to have such a diverse environment for native plants and wildlife.
My personal passion for herbs and healing mean that you can see my own collection of herbs as well as wild herbs flourishing and being allowed to spread naturally and organically on our site. You can try a blend of my own herbal teas in our Kitchen Porch at anytime.
Self heal was last years 'best wild herb' self sowing itself all over the place and doing best in the sites where our bell tents sat in 2015.
We are very lucky to have received training from the following organisations in order to learn as much as possible about protecting and appreciating our landscape:
What you can do:
Most importantly, clean up after yourselves. Don't leave plastic bags and rubbish to fly around in the wind.
Bring your food in re-usable plastic containers. This will keep the amount of film and packaging safe at home where it can put safely in the bin.
Use our recycling facilities! Its not because youre camping that you should sacrifice sorting your waste. Please sort it at your camp kitchen so that you are not tempted to put it all in the non recyclable bin.
Use this opportunity to teach your kids about plastic pollution and ask them not to spit out the plastic bits of a drinks carton when they open it with their teeth! Plastic straws from single drinks cartons and pouches are probably the most common piece of harmful wate that I find around the woodlands here. Most of you are really good about leaving the place clean and tidy, but there is always work to do!