Forest Garden Shovelstrode, located on the edge of Ashdown Forest in Sussex, was created in 2010 by Charles & Lisa Hooper as a place for people to escape their busy lives and re-connect with nature. Guests can really unwind in a beautiful Yurt or Log cabin within a secluded ancient woodland surrounded by the sights, sounds and smells of the flora and fauna
Charles & Lisa also teach people different ways of living more self sufficiently and lowering their carbon footprint through a variety of traditional woodland craft courses. The centre piece is a Forest Garden where an abundance of useful, and mostly edible, plants are grown within the seven canopy layers. The fruits of their labour are then harvested and supply the Forest Garden Cafe where delicious home cooked and locally sourced organic food is served to the guests. (The Bramley apple juice is an absolute favourite!)
There are only 2 luxury Yurts and 4 log cabins located in their own secluded area of the woodland, each with 2 x double beds. Guests will enjoy in the calm and meditative atmosphere of the ancient woodland formerly known as ‘Anderida Forest’.
The Yurts & cabins sleep between 2 and 6 people. Each has a twin gas ring cooker, log burner, outside fire pit and BBQ and are located between 50-80m apart ensuring seclusion. The whole site can accommodate groups up to 25 people.
The centre piece is the creation of the Forest Garden, a low-maintenance and sustainable food production system based on companion-planting, which incorporates a variety of perennial fruits, nuts, shrubs and herbs grown within the seven canopy layers. (An acre of Forest Garden can sustain up to 10 people.) Much of the food grown is served to guests in Forest Garden café and shop.