Our spectacular Treehouse Study Centre lies within 40 acres of ancient broadleaf woodland at the heart of the Beaulieu estate. Designed by our competition finalist, Samantha Sherwood of Oxford Brookes University, the Treehouse Study Centre nestles up in the treetops. Its classrooms, turrets, viewing platforms and rope bridges provide an unparalleled and inspirational learning environment.
The main Beaulieu Beaufort treehouse holds up to 120 individuals, and with access to the aerial veranda and viewing tower, the classroom provides a real opportunity to get close to the life in the trees. Over the rope bridge, the Graham Carter treehouse provides a more intimate space for up to 60 individuals. The ancillary block provides ample toilet, storage and cooking amenities and the Treehouse complex is accessible to the disabled.
The building is a leading example of environmentally friendly and sympathetic construction with sustainable wood and natural design ensuring the building is at one with the landscape and has a small carbon footprint. The central heating is fired by a boiler which uses pellets derived from scrap wood, and throughout the summer a smaller log boiler, fired using logs from the surrounding woodland heats the water. Solar panels provide the lighting in the lavatories which are flushed with harvested rainwater. Wherever possible materials have been locally sourced.
The Centre provides a perfect location for an adventurous day of discovery in the great outdoors at any time of year. Whether groups are studying woodland, wetland, meadow, pond or stream, our approach to environmental education is fully interactive. All programmes are planned to meet your needs and led throughout by our own staff. We have the necessary equipment for work with all age ranges and the Treehouse ensures that there is warm, dry, indoor accommodation available whenever it is required. Watch the Television report on the opening of our new Treehouse Study Centre