A few questions come up when thinking about offering your land as a Nearly Wild Camping location:

Do I need to offer facilities? No but you won’t get many families if there is no toilet or water so these are the main two things to consider. To start with look at the absolute cheapest options. Some locations simply state ‘take it away with you’ or ‘you must bring a camping toilet.’ but most locations offer a compost loo of some type, usually a small wooden shed allowed by permitted planning.

Do I need planning permission? Some locations opt to use ‘The 28 day rule’ which allows for occasional camping on your land (that would cover 14 weekends over the summer as a starting point). Do check if this can be applied to your land. Others apply for formal planning permission for more regular camping.
[this has been extended to 56 days for 2020 to extend the season due to Covid]

We have the ability to provide you with 5 tent (or hammock) pitches with Certified Locations Status within England and Wales. This is for ‘members-only’ locations (or a dedicated area for members-only). This allows upto 42 days consecutive or 60 days camping in total – in any 12 month period, without the need for local planning permission. This is a straight forward application process.

Can I list accommodation other than tent camping?  Yes – but your primary listing must be for bring-your-own tent (or hammock) camping, we have maps layers for Tents, Campervans and Hammocks.

What should we charge? Examples are – per person £5, per pitch £15, for exclusive use of location £100 per night for say up to 20 people.
Group booking usually mean one contact, one payment, one explanation of site. Also ‘upsells’ of firewood, local produce etc. can be made to campers.

Do I need insurance? Yes, some third party liability insurance would need to be in place (may already be). Make sure you point out to insurer that you are not a campsite, you just allow occasional camping. If possible ask if this can be added to your current insurance (eg. household) as it may work out cheaper.

It costs £20 per year to subscribe to membership, you can then add a location and take bookings and payment direct from campers (no commissions) plus as a member you can use the directory to book time at other locations, meet other hosts and receive discounts from some of our Business Supporters.

Your location sounds ideal to be in the Nearly Wild Camping directory, our members expect a wilder feel to their stay and the main concern is there being too many people. Ideally you would allow campfires and there is a demand for hammock camping in woodland if that is something you could offer.

We have a Wildness Rating system to help our members understand how wild each location may be: http://nearlywildcamping.org/become-nearly-wild-location/nearly-wild-rating/

You can sign-up here, it costs £20 per year. Campers book and pay direct with the landowner (no commissions to pay), when you first log-in there is an option to add your location:


How to add your location to the directory