Treading lightly on the land
- Zero carbon
- Rainwater harvesting
- Solar voltaics
- Solar heating
- Wood heating
- Maximum use of natural materials from the Wood
- Disabled access
For many years, the needs of the wood's users have been met by the existing buildings but it was clear that the expectations of our visitors, coupled with the importance of Hazel Hill as an education centre for sustainable living, meant that we have had to upgrade our facilities.
To meet these needs, we have constructed a small Eco-lodge to provide suitable guest accommodation near the existing buildings. Named The Forest Ark, it is completely zero-carbon: heating and hot water from solar panels and a state of the art high-efficiency wood-fired boiler, using logs from the Wood. You can also cook on a wood-fired range. Electricity is provided by photo-voltaic panels. The building is fully off-grid, using rainwater harvested from the roof, to meet water needs. It is low-impact, with minimal use of concrete, work done by local labour and timber almost entirely from the wood. The accommodation has 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms (one of each with full access for the disabled and their carers): in total around 90 square metres.
The many guests who have already stayed there have all praised its style and comfort.
The Forest Ark is sometimes available for private retreats for 1-4 people: please contact Simon Wyre for more details or for more information on retreat opportunities, please see the Retreats page.