From crops to camping: eco site opens on family farm

Lings Meadow Eco campsite, Hepworth. The Shearer family in one of thier tents, dad Neel, mum Kath and kids Laurie, Rowan and Hebe.
Lings Meadow Eco campsite, Hepworth. The Shearer family in one of thier tents, dad Neel, mum Kath and kids Laurie, Rowan and Hebe.

A campsite with a difference has opened on a farm near Diss.

Ling’s Meadow in Hepworth is an environmentally friendly venture which has been lovingly created by Kath Shearer and her family.

A four acre field - which is home to a variety of wildlife including barn owls, a buzzard, deer and butterflies - is the tranquil setting for six tent pitches and communal facilities that include a well-equipped kitchen and campfire.

The site, which is not connected to the mains, uses solar energy to power lighting and to heat the shower. Dirty water is filtered using a natural reed system so that it can be used on the farm gardens, and two composting toilets have been installed within purpose built wooden pods. An area of the meadow is left untouched to protect local species and visitors are encouraged to recycle glass, paper and food waste.

To accommodate campers wanting a bit of luxury, there are two bell tents available, which are inspired by the Shearer’s previous ‘glamping’ trips. Ideal for those wanting to travel light, they are furnished with futon beds, soft rag rugs and crochet blankets to provide comfort and a homely feel.

The 80 acre arable farm has been in the Shearer family since the 1930s and Ling’s Meadow is a starting point in a process of diversification to secure its future. The project has been supported with a grant from the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE), which is funded by Defra and the EU.

Mrs Shearer said: “We feel really lucky to live in such a beautiful county and want to provide a place where people can relax and enjoy the surroundings. The farm has been in our family for several decades and we want to extend the tradition of looking after the land and our environment to the new campsite.”

To find out more visit www.lingsmeadow.co.uk.