At Tree Tents we combine innovative precision engineering, traditional craftsmanship and sustainable materials with a love of working closely with site owners passionate about truly revolutionary camping. Based in Sussex, England, but serving commercial and private site owners throughout Europe, we create award winning glamping structures that deliver breath-taking experiences and inspire a closer connection to our woodlands and wild places.
In the words of our founder and Innovation and Design Director, Jason Thawley.
As a young child I spent hours scaling the trees of my local woodland; discovering their rich habitat and enjoying the sense of freedom I found high in the canopy. Woodlands were, and remain, an integral part of my life. As I grew into adulthood they became a place to disconnect, unwind and ground myself. In the woods you are no longer surfing time; you are deep inside time.
This connection continued to influence my work as an industrial designer. At every turn I saw opportunities to do better, not just for users, but the planet too. This was the catalyst for founding Luminair, an eco-friendly and sustainable focused design studio, that went on to win the coveted Red Dot Design Award in 2011.
As the business grew Luminair moved into a workshop based in the beautiful Secret Campsite in Sussex. As the camping season went on I was devastated to see discarded equipment filling the skip; designed without thought and never destined to see another summer. Thinking back to days spent high in the tree tops, I wondered how I could use my skills to share that feeling, inspiring others to act for our planet.
Working alongside talented friends in aerospace and automotive engineering I was introduced to a mix of skills that couldn’t be wasted on the norm. Inspired by their eye for modern precision engineering, the quality of traditional craftsmanship and my own desire to connect people to the outdoors through design, we spent three years designing a suspended tree house that works with nature rather than building against or around it. In 2014 I posted the very first Tree Tent concept to my website.
Then the phone rang, and on the other end was Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces. They loved the design and wanted to come out and film. So with cameras rolling, we turned the Tree Tent concept into a reality. And what a reality it was.
“What I think is fantastic about the Tree Tent is the mix of very high end engineering and simple traditional craftsmanship that come together and feel so appropriate for a 21st century tent in a tree. It’s an incredible piece of design.”
– George Clarke, Channel 4’s George Clarke’s Amazing Spaces
As soon as the episode went to air the phone started ringing off the hook and I realised I was going to need some help. Enter Stephen Sykes and Max Marsden. Stephen, one of the leading environmental lawyers in the country and a start-up business expert and Max, an experienced director, strategic thinker and customer’s best friend.
Combining our different skills and shared passion for the outdoors, Tree Tents has become so much more than that idyllic concept of a single escape in the tree tops. After many months of design, and rigourous testing, we’ve created an exceptional range of glamping structures that will stand the test of time. We are a values-led business commited to creating a product that delivers for people and planet; and working with owners to curate world-class, eco-friendly escapes.
Whether you dream of building a full eco-resort high in the tree tops, want to expand your campsite’s accommodation offering or are simply after a private garden retreat, we believe everyone should experience the freedom of life in the trees and can’t wait to work with you to make it happen.