A tree tent at the Secret Campsite
The Chair of Lewes District Council made a socially distanced visit to The Secret Campsite in Lewes recently to see how the countryside venue is working to become a standard bearer for nature friendly living.
When Councillor Adrian Ross was elected Chair, he immediately confirmed his theme of office would be a "green recovery, environmental action and a fair society", allied to supporting the council's target of carbon neutrality by 2030.
Launched by Tim and Lisa Bullen in 2012 on a rundown and redundant garden centre, The Secret Campsite is billed as "real camping with nature" and has attracted plenty of attention in the national media for connecting campers with wildlife and the natural world more broadly.
Councillor Adrian Ross said: "It was lovely to visit The Secret Campsite. It's in a beautiful location and Tim and Lisa have made a great effort to protect and enhance the local biodiversity. Local tourism is central to the green recovery of the district post-Covid and the campsite also beings in much-needed custom for the nearby shops, pubs, restaurants and visitor attractions.
"And I'm particularly excited by the way they have embraced the council's sustainability goals, adapting their business to help us achieve our climate and biodiversity objectives."
Tim has been part of the council's Climate Action Forum that is feeding into the work to achieve carbon neutrality by 2030 and is constantly making changes and adaptations at the campsite to completely harmonise its relationship with the environment.
Tim Bullen said: "We are really keen to help Lewes District Council achieve or even surpass their target of becoming carbon neutral by 2030 and we have plans to demonstrate the actions we are taking to help hit its targets.
"Plans at the site include specific wildlife features such as bunds for reptiles and ground nesting bees, electric car charging points and the use of renewable energy to provide heat and hot water for the site."
Councillor Matthew Bird, Cabinet Member for Climate Change, said: "It's not just that Tim and Lisa's sustainability ethos is clear in everything they do at The Secret Campsite, it is also their willingness to share their approach. Tim has been really generous in contributing his experience and values to the council's sustainability expert panels and the Community Climate Forum."