In 2018, we chose to open our gates and share the sanctuary we have tucked away behind our country store, a canvas of many happy memories for 3 generations of the Clarke family. We have been delighted to hear from so many of our guests that they too, experienced and valued the serenity of our natural farm, which will be filed away in their own memories.
Each year, we try to improve our site in some way, and each year we curse ourselves for setting such ambitious tasks. We currently have a range of units including ‘The Tiny House’, Safari Tents, Bell Tents (Dressed & Naked) as well as your run-of-the-mill grass pitch. While we enjoy the challenge of new units, we are very conscious of keeping our site spacious and private as we believe these are two of our key assets.
Teaming up with The Greener Camping Club, we are focused on eco-friendly camping, that looks like composting loos, no electrical hook-ups, minimal light pollution, recycling facilities and unmanicured surroundings to help the wildlife thrive. We have however, listened to our campers, and last year we introduced The Power House – a container just off the camping field to charge your devices and refreeze your ice packs, so you’re not completely without!
MEET THE TEAM
If you already know Charity Farm, then it's likely you already know David. Co-owner of Charity Farm, he has spent the last 35 years building up the Countrystore. As a keen camper David has thrown himself into the new adventure of running a campsite and talked of nothing else but developing our glamping.
Debby joined her husband at Charity Farm over 10 years ago and worked as an encouraging force for change. Also a keen camper, Debby adds the style to our site, but she's not afraid to get her hands dirty and will be a familiar face around the site.
After finishing university, Florence set up Charity Farm Camping and ran our very first year in 2018 (with lots of help from her family). After building the frameworks and making preparations for 2019, Florence moved on to other exciting ventures.
Covering the behind scenes is Holly, who keeps us all in check and makes sure the business side is running smoothly. However, with a degree in Costume Design, Holly's creative side can be seen in artwork around the Farm.
HISTORY OF THE COUNTRYSTORE
Charity Farm began as a chicken farm. This original image documents the early begins of Charity Farm.
Pictured from a young age, David Clarke, co owner of Charity Farm was taught the tricks of the trade.
Hay and Straw
This picture shows hay being collected from the now campsite at Charity Farm.
Charity Farm still grows and sells it's own hay and straw bales today, but modern equipment makes it a little easier!
In 1983 the country store was opened, and Charity Farm was selling pet and livestock feed.
Eventually in May 2004 the new build was opened and the size of the country store dramatically increased. Clothes, gits and garden were added to the stores wide variety of products.