MILL HILL FARM CARAVAN & CAMPING PARK,

DARSHAM, SUFFOLK, IP17 3BS

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ECO FEATURES

Choosing to stay at Mill Hill Farm Campsite means you can have a great holiday that won't cost The Earth.  We are committed to providing the highest quality facilities and surroundings using, whenever practicable, locally sourced, environmentally sound, recycled, natural and sustainable materials and fittings.

For some people the environmental credentials of a campsite are important when booking their holiday, many have no interest as long as there is plenty of hot water and some just like to see that sites are responsible when it comes to using our planet's valuable and ever dwindling resources.

The aim of this page is to show some of our site's ecological features, explain how some of them work and even show you some parts of the site which you my never see.

We will also show you some of the ways in which you can offset the carbon footprint of  your holiday, help the wildlife around the site and even save yourself money!

 So we'll begin with saving money as well as the environment.  In order to encourage Green Tourism we offer a 10% discount to anyone wishing to stay with us who arrives by public transport, bicycle or is hiking.

There is another way to achieve both aims whilst staying with us; why not plan a couple of 'car free' days?  We are surrounded by footpaths, cycle routes and nature reserves so bring your bikes and stout walking boots.  We can even help you with route information and local attractions.

Allow us to show you around some of our energy saving and environmental features...

We have 2 newly built shower/toilet blocks.

Both facilities have solar assisted hot water systems, motion sensitive, low energy lighting and water saving dual flush toilet cisterns.

 

Low energy light bulbs are used throughout the site  whilst non concussive taps help us to halve our water consumption.

Rain water harvesting helps us to water our hanging baskets, window boxes and trees.

All our road surfaces are made from recycled materials.

Our chemical disposal points are for organic fluid only as non-organic fluid will kill the bacteria in the treatment system.

The waste tank uses billions of live bacteria as a biomass to break down materials; by the end of the process, water is all that remains.  This system is both odourless and safe for the environment.

For your convenience organic fluid may be purchased from reception, our aim is always to supply this fluid at a cost below caravan accessory stores.

Please remember to empty any non-organic fluid from your tank before arrival as just a small amount willl destroy the treatment system.

One of the earliest forms of green energy was harnessing the wind.  A windmill stood on this site for many years and today is no exception, our modern wind turbine silently assists our electric needs and can be found away from the campsite adjacent to the fishing lake.

 

We have two dog walks which have proved very popular, and not only with our four legged guests!  The two meadows are left to grow and cut for hay which encourages meadowland wild flower species.  A path around the outside offers a good walk and opportunities to see flora and fauna whether you have a dog or not. 

Other grass areas provide nesting sites for  numerous skylarks;.  Our grassland is also used by Kestrel, Marsh Harrier and our resident Barn and Tawny Owls for hunting.  Wild flowers thrive attracting many insects including butterflies.  Red Deer, Muntjac and Stoat are also regularly seen. 

In 2018 it was noticed that a large population of Bee Orchids had appeared near the old lake.  These have come in on the wind with no assistance form us!

This year the Wheatear Meadow area has had to be re-sown as it was infested with Ragwort which is poisonous to cattle and other animals.

All around the site you will find recycled and reclaimed materials; our exterior noticeboard started life as a flat screen TV.

The choice of a camping holiday is a far more environmentally friendly choice than a trip abroad but if you wish to further reduce your impact why not take part in our 'Carbon Offset Scheme'?

This may be achieved by donating to the site, a healthy tree, shrub, bush or even an unwanted flower from your garden.

All your donated plants will be placed, within reason, where you would like on site, plotted and recorded, then cared for by our ground staff.

Your donation will then work hard for you, not only for the holiday you have just enjoyed but for any subsequent visits to Mill Hill Farm.


Log piles around the site are placed for insects and birds while our buddleia trees are magnets for butterflies.


Our bird box programme in place, there are a number of boxes around the site.  You will soon have the opportunity to sponsor a numbered nest box and receive email information on any activity or inhabitants, their breeding success or failures and possibly even a photograph, subject to accessibility.  Bat boxes will also be available to sponsor.

The campsite is adjacent to Suffolk Wildlife Trust's, Darsham Marshes Nature Reserve and just 2.5 miles from the RSPB's  flagship reserve, Minsmere.  

In 2019 we are opening a new permissive path from the reserve, running beside the river to meet up with public footpaths to Middleton.

We work closely with our neighbours, assisting them with projects.

Over the past two winters we have created new habitats on our site.  Along with the new fishing lake we have created wildlife corridors linking neighbouring woodland and pastures and created a scrape wetland area. Over the winter months we did extensive tree planting around the new areas to add to the existing hedges and copses. 


We are involved with Operation Turtle Dove which is a project to improve feed availability and nesting sites for Turtle Doves.  This project seems to have had a good outcome here.  We have heard, more often than seen, several birds around the farm.  We are also helping the Turtle Dove tagging programme, which aims to track the doves in a bid to protect them from further decline.  We continue with reedbed and hedgerow management, wildflower meadow management, bird and bat box building, maintaining woodpile habitats, and recycling.



We hope this page has been of some interest to you and, may be given you some insight into our campsite, its facilities and some of the work we have done and are doing as part of our commitment towards an environmentally friendly holiday destination.


We hope you will come and visit us soon.