WELCOME TO TREE TENTS :

Forests ARE our future, and to sustain this future forests need to be used for more than just harvesting timber during their lifetimes. Research, conservation, work, play and retreat are all important activities that can be enjoyed as part of the forests cycle.

Tree Tents are lightweight, hybrid aluminium and steam bent ash airframes and offer a comfortable, low impact shelter at any time of year. The spherical structure is encompassed by a 16oz rot and waterproofed, 100% cotton canvas. Its dirigible structure blends two very different but complementary engineering materials - aluminium and wood; with inspiration and design ques taken heavily from early zeppelin engineering and lightweight aircraft design.

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Following a few long weeks of wait we're pleased to say our Tree Tent install at The Secret Campsite has had full planning approval. With the Tent structure being suspended, with no foundations and removeable without trace, it didn't actually require planning concent for the build however the limited pitch campsite required permission for the extra pitch and, more importantly, the structure needed the thumbs up from the local tree preservation officer as the pitch would be in an area of protected ancient woodland. Needless to say our lightweight design gained the praise of the officer - our custom made securing bolts inflict minimal damage to the tree, allow growth and don't disrupt cambium layer and the flow of nutrients through the tree. Further the suspended structure and raised entry walkway from the meadow field causes no disruption to the ground flora and fauna.
The Tree Tent will be available for guest rental from May 2013 - see our sites page for more information or visit The Secret Campsite website to book!
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It's been a great start to our Tree Tent venture this year with our first ever TT build being followed for George Clarke's Amazing Spaces series. George explores the extraordinary world of small builds, where people turn tiny spaces into the most incredible places to live, work and play. He even tries making one of his own.
Explaining the intricacies of steam bending the George with Dylan Pym - master steambender - www.dylanpym.co.uk
A pleasure to work with everyone at Plum Pictures and George is absolute gent.... a superb summer and most of the time we lucked out with the weather...
Well, one rainy day maybe.
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Tim Bullen and his wife Lisa started The Secret Campsite just outside Lewes, East Sussex earlier this year with a clear remit - to offer a peaceful, tents only campsite for nature lovers, real campers and their families. The campsite is kept car and dog free which enables wildlife to flourish and increases the number of encounters that you and your family will enjoy. It also ensures that it is a safe place for children to roam freely and explore, and has an area of woodland where dens can be built and trees climbed. It was this area of woodland that Tim and Lisa were for people to connect with further - but without cost to the valuable ground flora and anchient trees within - The Tree Tent was the perfect solution. See our sites page for more information.
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Duncan and his giant Mecanno kit...
Fitting the floor panels in place...
Fitting a Canvas window section...
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A rare and sunny day for the shoot in Wales...
Telling George about the Ewoks...
Getting the arty shots...