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A small, relaxed eco campsite with six tent pitches, two furnished bell tents, a restored Norfolk shepherd's hut, and a locally made living van situated on a family farm. All hidden among the tall grass of a 4 acre natural meadow. Free bike hire!

Quote greentraveller when you book and you will receive free trug of fire wood

Rooms: 2 bell tents, 1 van (5per), 1 hut (2per), 6 pitches (5per)
Price:

bell tents £80, shepherds hut £70, living van £90, pitches £20

Meals: food parcels from £18 to £30
Open: May to end September
Address: Stanton Road Farm, North Common, Hepworth, Diss, Norfolk, IP22 2PR
 

Why we've chosen Ling's Meadow

Ling's Meadow, a 4 acre meadow campsite, has six large tent pitches, two furnished bell tents with wooden decks, a restored Norfolk shepherd's hut and a locally made living van with mollycroft roof. All have their own space cut into the meadow grass and are joined to a large communal space by winding paths.

Here you will find a canvas camp kitchen with cooking and dining kit, a large fire pit with tripod and grill for outdoor cooking, a covered washing up area and a bike shed with supplies of locally sourced wood and charcoal, bikes to borrow, and space to store your own.

There is nothing better than stargazing around an open fire, so as well as a communal campfire, fire pits are provided with each of the glamping options and some to borrow for your tent pitch.  Keen crafters and recyclers, you will find that you hosts have ensured that all of the glamping options are furnished with restored antique furniture, home-made bunting and crochet blankets, and crockery and kitchenware from a collection of favourite antique sales and charity shops.

Sustainability is important and so all of the power needed on site is created using solar energy. Grey water from showers and sinks is recycled using a specially designed system of gravel and marginal plants so that it can be used to water the farm garden. The two luxury compost loos also save water and provide fantastic compost for farm trees and hedges. Water for the shower is heated using solar power and a wood fired rocket stove.

Ling's Meadow is on the Suffolk/Norfolk border and is surrounded by open fields and green lanes. To help you to enjoy the local countryside we provide walking and cycling maps, along with spotter guides for plants and wildlife. Improving the diversity of the meadow over time, is important, but already barn owls, tawny owls, roe deer, buzzards, kestrels and a whole variety of bees and butterflies visit.

To encourage sustainable travel a 10% discount is given to walkers, cyclists and campers using public transport to reach the meadow. As this can be a challenge in this rural area, your hosts also offer a local pick up service from bus stops and the end of the Peddars Way walking route. As such a small site, group sizes are limited to ten campers per booking. Being small does mean, however, that a whole site booking can be offered to larger groups of up to twenty five people.

Eco credentials:

How do you reduce your draw on energy:
We aim to use as little power as possible on site, and all that we do need, for minimal lighting, water pumps, and a small 12v freezer, is generated using solar panels. Wherever possible we cut the campsite grass with scythes rather than using the petrol mower.

We heat water for the campsite using solar power and a wood fired rocket stove. The wood comes from our farm or from a local supply. We also supply coppiced hazel from our farm hedges and trees to fuel the small rocket stoves that we provide for cooking. For more elaborate campfire cooking we offer locally made charcoal from a sustainable woodland.

Our living van is insulated to retain the heat from its wood burning stove with oven. We try to source supplies locally wherever possible to avoid the environmental cost of transport miles.

How you minimise the amount of waste you send to landfill:
We encourage campers to recycle as much waste as possible by providing separate general waste, glass collection and paper, plastic and aluminium recycling bins. We also provide a compost bin and the compost helps us to grow tomatoes and herbs for the campsite. We have two composting toilets on the campsite that provide us with a supply of humanure to fertilise trees and hedges around the farm.

We reuse materials and objects as much as we can when building the facilities on the campsite and furnishing the glamping accommodation. Wherever possible we make items at home, or source objects such as blankets, restored furniture, and equipment from local charity shops or secondhand shops, and give them a new lease of life and a new home.

We also look to reuse otherwise wasted materials - for example our dead hedge at one edge of the campsite is made from cuttings from our hedgerows and trees that are no good for burning or building with. The dried meadow grass that is cut at the end of the season is used as soak for the composting toilets.

We have dispensers for hand wash and washing up liquid as we buy eco friendly products in bulk to reduce packaging.

How you reduce your consumption of water:
We have two dry composting toilets on site that save water that would otherwise be used to flush away waste. The hot water for the site is created once a day, and as it takes while to heat there is a limited supply. We provide lots of information for guests explaining how the rocket stove and composting loos work and being able to see the processes in action encourages campers to save water. We also ask campers to heat water for washing up using their mini rocket stoves and encourage them to use only as much as they need.

All of the grey water created in the shower, the basins in the loos and whilst washing up is directed through a trough system that uses gravel and marginal plants as filters. The 'green' water is then stored and used to water plants around the farm.

How much of the food your serve is sourced locally (where possible):
We offer food parcels in partnership with our local farm shop just down the road. The products that we include, such as bacon, BBQ meats, salads, jams, butter, and muesli, are sourced as locally as possible. The bread is made at the farm shop and the eggs come from our own free range hens.

We have damsons and apples growing on the farm and offer campers a chance to pick their own as we have more than we can use ourselves.

Do you actively encourage guests to arrive on foot, by bike and by public transport?:
We give a 10% discount to all campers using sustainable transport. We also offer a local pick up collection so that campers can walk to us using local paths (such as the Peddars Way), or arrive by bus or train.

We have a secure bike shed and offer a kit washing service. Bikes are available to borrow for free and we have OS maps and cycling/walking maps in the camp kitchen.

So that campers can travel light we offer pre-pitched bell tents and a camp kitchen with cooking equipment.

Additional information:
We leave much of the camping meadow untouched as we believe that it really belongs to the local wildlife. Our long term aim is to actively manage the grassland meadow to improve the diversity of species growing and living there. We ask our campers to help us by recording the wildlife that they see. We have always taken this 'light touch' approach on the farm too and manage the land with local wildlife in mind.

We have started to run workshops that look at alternative technology and the way that we use the natural resources around us. We built a bug hotel with local children reusing pallets, and found objects. We also held one day workshops using cob to build a pizza oven and mowing with scythes.

Top Eco Features at Ling's Meadow:

 
  • bike shed and free bikes to borrow

  • locally sourced wood and charcoal

  • all of the glamping options are furnished with upcycled items

  • all of the power needed on site is created using solar energy

  • grey water from showers and sinks is recycled

  • luxury compost loos

  • water for the shower is heated using a wood fired rocket stove.

  • 10% discount is given to walkers, cyclists and campers using public transport

 

Location

Ling's Meadow, Suffolk, England
Nearest train station: Diss

Directions from station:
It is too far to walk to the campsite, but there is a nice cycle route along country roads. Taxis are available from the front of the station at Diss. The drive takes about twenty minutes. Buses leave hourly from Diss bus station, which is a fifteen minute walk from the railway station. Please ask to stop at 'Hepworth Duke of Marlborough'. The journey will take about twenty five minutes. As the bus stop is at the other end of the village from us we offer a pick up service by prior arrangement.

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