Meet The Team
Edmund was raised at Chiddinglye when it was a mixed dairy farm with pigs and chickens and four full time farmworkers. He has lived and worked as a diplomat, lawyer and venture capitalist in France, Senegal, Jordan, Russia and Dubai before moving back to Sussex in 2006. Since then Chiddinglye has transformed from a dairy farm into a diversified and regenerative estate with renewables, woodchip, weddings, beer and glamping. Edmund hopes that glamping visitors of all ages will experience the same feelings of wonder in this unique High Weald landscape that he felt as a child.
Sylvia Lady Limerick
Chris Bebb Bassett
Chris has been living and working at Chiddinglye since 2019, joining us from Wakehurst across the road where he worked for over 30 years. Chris has a wealth of experience in land management and was involved in various ecological projects at Wakehurst including building a badger sett viewing hide.
Ranger and Ecologist
Ross is an Ecologist and Conservationist with an MSc in Applied Ecology. In the past he has worked for the native species surveying team at Bristol Zoo, on the Urban Buzz project at Buglife and taught Conservation & Biogeography at the University of the West of England. Ross is a keen forager and veg gardener, and has experience creating and maintaining a number of community gardens across his home town of Bristol. Ross is leading regular wildlife and foraging walks for Glampers. Check out his website atobeeecology.com
CEO Missing Link Brewery
Jeremy was raised on a farm in Zimbabwe and then worked in the hotel and wine trade, being one of the founders of the local Kingscote vineyard. He married Becky in 2013 and since 2016 has been running the Missing Link Brewery located in the old dairy buildings on Chiddinglye Farm. Jeremy is passionate about the quality of his beer and is now producing a range of 8 different beers as well as cider from our own apples at Chiddinglye.
Glamping Site Manager and Garden Chef
Becky has lived at Chiddinglye since 2011 and raised her two children, five dogs and two horses here. She has been running her local catering business the Garden Chef for many years now, including catering for weddings, funerals and the Ardingly South of England Showground. If we are very lucky she caters for the Tap Room. Her macaroons, scotch eggs and croques messieurs are to die for.
Projects and Funding Manager,
Eve manages the Garden Army together with Tom. She has over 20 years experience of teaching and working with young people. She has extensive experience of designing and delivering projects and is hugely passionate about using horticulture as a way of inspiring, supporting and developing people.
Simon Summers lives off grid in his gypsy caravan in the woods at Chiddinglye, next to his Iron Age forge. Simon is a Heritage Blacksmith, Consultant and Experimental Archaeologist specialising in Celtic (Iron Age) La Tène Culture Repoussé and forge works. Simon is a Tutor of Ancient Iron Age Repoussé and Forge Works, Iron Smelting, and related subjects and will be running courses for interested Glampers. Check out the website for more details.
CEO Garden Army
Tom, pictured with his Jack Russell Ronnie, runs the Garden Army, a CIC that provides horticultural therapy to the local community. Tom is passionate about fresh produce and the project Tom oversees grows organic fruit and vegetables in the old Victorian kitchen garden at Chiddinglye. The Garden Army supports school groups, people with wellbeing needs and also runs regular corporate days. Tom has experience in producing vegetables for some of the top chefs in London.