So, we’re an eco-campsite. But what does that mean?
Well, our campsite is evolving and as it does we are trying to make good environmentally minded choices at each decision checkpoint. Eco-technology is a rich area for debate, with regard to the best solutions. Here some of the things we’ve done to date…
We have two separate toilet blocks.
The standard block that features standard flush toilets, albeit with dual flush ones. The waste water is gravity fed to a large septic tank and from there to a 30m horizontal reedbed. From the reedbed, the partially treated liquid is further cleaned in by a willow coppice, before passing through a buffer marsh before being discharged to surface water. The Gents section of the standard toilet block has a waterless urinal, that has the potential to save some fantastic amount of water each year (that is, if you are to believe the marketing by waterless urinal vendors).
The unisex toilet block (near the campers’ kitchen), features Villa 9000 compost toilets from Separett. We decided to install a proprietary system in an attempt to demonstrate to feasibility of these toilets in domestic environments.
We try to conserve water where we can. We use our own well water to nourish ourselves, our animals, and our garden.
We are currently installing a DIY rainwater harvesting system in our shed. More details later as the project progresses.
Our domestic water is heated using an air-source heatpump, which works well as we are near the coast.
Hot water for the standard toilet block (showers and central heating), is generated by a log burning stove. While we are waiting for our emerging native woodland to be mature enough to coppice for firewood, we use only FSC-certified logs. We are currently installing a secondhand 120-vacuum tube solar system that will complement and hopefully in the Summer months replace the need for logs.
Hot water for the campers’ kitchen and eco-block showers is generated by a DIY solar panel that we built onsite. Forgive the mix of units, but it’s approximately 12′ square, with 300m of coiled 1″ black plastic pipe on a south facing roof.
When possible we use solar lighting, that is, low-level lighting around the campsite and in the woods. We have solar a PIR light outside the eco-block toilets and a switchable solar light in the campers’ kitchen. The outdoor sauna is also lit by solar powered fairy lights.