A camp site for 45 tents could be opened on a field at Little Horsted. It would be on an 11 acre site at Bentley Farm, Harveys Lane, just to the north of the Bentley Wildfowl and Motor Museum.
A planning application before Wealden Council says the visitor attraction is working with Embers Camping to fulfil a ‘niche camping resourse’ within the boundary of the Bentley Estate.
Facilities for cleaning, washing and sanitation would be provided meeting ‘best eco-friendly practices’ with solar energy heating hot water in showers, taps and basins.
There would be a small wooden cabin on the field where campers would be welcomed, checked in and given a basic overview of the campsite and surrounding areas with maps for their stay.
The cabin would operate as information hub for local activities and events and sell basic camping goods and staple food items.
Fire pits, where campers could build a log fire, would designate the location of each pitch in the camping field.
“The rest of the site would be left as natural as possible, in keeping with the back-to-nature experience on offer,” say documents with the planning application.
The aim would be to provide a “high quality, back-to-nature eco-camping experience where families pitch their own tent and explore the scenic surrounding areas and attractions for short breaks or long weekend during the spring and summer months.”
Embers Camping says: “By promoting the natural local environment and landscapes via public footpaths, activities and selling local produce, we aim to benefit partners, businesses and the local community.
“During the winter months, the site will be left to its natural state with no camping activity.
“We manage the sites with low impact to the landscape and environment by investing in high quality facilities and seasonal usage, thereby preserving nature for the enjoyment of current and future generations.”