Launch Nearly Wild Camping

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Enabling us to spread the word about this great new initiative

by nearly-wild-kerry in Pant

Nearly Wild Camping is a network of diverse locations across the UK offering Nearly Wild Camping experiences. From family farms to nature reserves and hilltop smallholdings to riverside woods, all much more than a place to sleep, offering the chance to explore through guided walks, star gazing, feeding the chickens, carving a spoon, cooking up some homegrown veg on your campfire and much, much more.

At the same time Nearly Wild Camping will be a collection of location owners supporting each other towards a common purpose of making more of their living from the land and sharing its magic with others.

Find out more about us on our website.

The idea started when Steve and Irene Evison and their kids bought Underhill Farm and turned it into what we would now call a Nearly Wild location, managed for wildlife, with only a few camping pitches and basic facilities it attracted (mostly family) campers who fell in love with the place and enthusiastically participated in the informal activities designed for mixed age group that were offered. Why, they thought, are there not more locations like this and so Nearly Wild Camping was born.

We trialed the idea in Wales last summer and had an enthusiastic response, so there followed an autumn of strategic thinking, business planning and dreaming, which is now bearing beautiful fruit in a new website, with increased functionality and with our formation as a co-operative of locations and campers. But now we need your help to launch it and spread the word (more information below).

To support Nearly Wild Camping select the reward of your choice or just click ‘Pledge’. Thank you!

Nearly Wild Camping at Underhill Farm

Why we need your help

The small pots of funding we received for the trial and website have been spent, the Evison’s can’t afford to put any more of their own money into it and the volunteer hours we have put in already are slightly scary, so we have this wonderful organisation ready for this summer season, but we have no money and resources to tell everyone about it. And that is where you lovely people who are reading this come in. We need you to join us on our journey by supporting us, getting some of the exciting rewards we have lined up and telling everyone you know about this campaign and Nearly Wild Camping.

We vitally need these funds for enabling us to go to the Welsh Smallholders Show in May to get lots of locations and campers on board and talk to other organisations there about helping each other out.. We have calculated that this will cost £3,300.

If we are successful in raising that amount we are also considering running further campaigns.

  • Stage 2: Getting some new promotional materials designed and made, including flyers and something more exciting like Nearly Wild Camping thermos’ (suggestions welcome!) £2,500
  • Stage 3: Going to other relevant events to spread the word, including the Outdoor Show £2,100

Rather than one person giving loads of money, Crowdfunding works by lots of people giving a bit and you’re not some far away official body, you're our community, the people who we are setting up Nearly Wild Camping for. So we think it’s great that we can all help each other and as a thank you for your support we have lots of exciting rewards, such as an all expenses paid trip to review a location for us. And if we don't reach our target amount in time we get nothing and you get your money back, so rest assured you will only be supporting us if we raise enough to be successful!

The amount we are raising will also cover our costs for running this crowdfunding campaign, otherwise they would probably cancel each other out!

To support Nearly Wild Camping select the reward of your choice or just click ‘Pledge’. Thank you!

Why support us?

We have put so much time and effort into this because it has so much potential to enable people to get out into our gorgeous countryside and explore the world around them, as well as supporting small landowners to earn a living from looking after their land.

We have done a lot of research and there are very few opportunities out there already for 'wilder' camping. To get on most campsite lists you need to have a toilet block with hairdryers in… so it is currently hard for locations and campers to find each other. By having a central online directory we can join the dots, which will let lots more locations and campers get involved.

We have lots more information on why you would go Nearly Wild Camping or become a Nearly Wild location on our website.

To support Nearly Wild Camping select the reward of your choice or just click ‘Pledge’. Thank you!

Who are we?

Steve, Irene, Kerry and Arran EvisonSteve and Irene own Underhill Farm and are the founders of Nearly Wild Camping. When they are not welcoming visitors to Underhill, looking after their small flock of Jacob sheep and planning Nearly Wild Camping, they run Resources for Change, where they make sure communities are involved in making the decisions which affect them, amongst many other things. They also find time to get out into wild places, in fact Steve is climbing a mountain in the Himalayas this April, Irene is running an ultramarathon this summer and the kids are walking the tour de Mont Blanc! Oh and in their ‘spare’ time they get creative - some of Steve’s sketches are up for grabs in the rewards.

KerryKerry got involved when Steve asked her to run the trial last summer and has been hooked ever since. She does a lot of the action on the ground, including running this crowdfunding campaign. With the rest of her time she practices and teaches permaculture design, cycles around the Shropshire lanes, gets involved in her community and spends time in her veg patch nibbling and watching the wildlife.

Please help us to spread the word and launch Nearly Wild Camping into action:

  • donate now
  • share this campaign with others
  • sign up to our newsletter and
  • become our first members

Thank you so much for joining our journey, it’s great to have you on board. Here’s to an exciting future!

Find out more on our website

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Explorers old and new

To find out about the explorers that we have named our rewards after you can follow the links below and be inspired to go on an adventure!

Ernest Shackleton

David Livingstone

Alfred Wainwright

Captain James Cook

Neil Armstrong

Roald Amundsen

Duarte Barbosa

John Muir

Jacques-Yves Cousteau

Francis Drake

Ellen MacArthur

Tenzing Norgay


This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

£5 Reward

Ernest Shackleton: You get that warm fuzzy feeling and our eternal thanks made public on our website, in our newsletter, on Facebook and on twitter.

£10 or more

£10 Reward

Livingstone: You get the same as Shakleton PLUS a personal thank you e-card of one of Steve's Sketches

£25 or more

3 of 30 claimed

£25 Reward

Wainwright Reward: A copy of Steve's Underhill Farm sketches and poetry book PLUS You get the same as Shakleton and Livingstone

£50 or more

£50 Reward

Captain James Cook: You get the same as Shakleton and Livingstone PLUS a NWC postcard and badge set

£50 or more

2 of 4 claimed

£50 Reward

Neil Armstrong: You get Shakleton PLUS an original of one of Steve's sketches mounted in a card frame

£75 or more

0 of 5 claimed

£75 Reward

Duarte Barbosa: You get the same as Shakleton and Livingstone PLUS a handmade Nearly Wild needle felting kit with instructions

£100 or more

1 of 5 claimed

£100 Reward

John Muir: You get the same as Shakleton and Livingstone PLUS a handmade Nearly Wild peg loom rug making kit with instructions

£160 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£160 Reward

Jacques-Yves Cousteau: You get the same as Shakleton and Livingstone PLUS we will write a blog specifically about your location and promote it through our networks (only once locations are registered)

£160 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£160 Reward

Roald Amundsen: You get the same as Shakleton and Livingstone PLUS a night of camping for two people at a Nearly Wild location of your choice in the 2014 season

£250 or more

0 of 2 claimed

£250 Reward

Francis Drake: You get the same as Shakleton, Livingstone and Wainwright PLUS a premium spot on the front page of the Nearly Wild Camping directory, for the 2014 season for your location (only after you have registered your location)

£400 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£400 Reward

Ellen MacArthur: You get the same as Shakleton, Livingstone and Wainwright PLUS an all expenses paid trip to review the Nearly Wild location of your choice in the 2014 season (up to £100)

£500 or more

0 of 1 claimed

£500 Reward

Tenzing Norgay: You get the same as Shakleton, Livingstone, Wainwright and Cook PLUS a weeks stay at a Nearly Wild location of your choice with all the Nearly Wild experiences included during the 2014 season

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