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What we do

Established in 1975, The Countryside Education Trust’s mission is to connect people with the countryside. Forty years ago we were pioneers, but now we are experts! We introduce people to the wonders of the British countryside, rural life and farming. Our expert teaching team tailors national curriculum-based modules to the needs of each school and we have great feedback from our visitors.

Farm Life

We welcome schools all year, with an emphasis on hands-on, outdoor learning. Schools visit for a week, half a week or a day. Residential visitors experience daily life on the farm, collecting eggs from our hens for breakfast, helping with animal feeding and picking their own vegetables from the garden.


Based at Home Farm in the New Forest, we also have Treehouses close by in ancient woodland. Blessed by a wonderful position, close to woods, a river, heathland and the sea, we have a variety of habitats on our doorstep and teach a wide range of environmental and bush craft activities.


Beaulieu village, the historic Palace House and monastery, and the National Motor Museum are all within walking distance. Slightly further afield is Bucklers’ Hard, a historic shipbuilding village, reached by a lovely riverside walk.

The Countryside for Everyone

We run regular playgroups Owlets (0-2), Little Owls (2-4) and Big Owls (4-6). The general public is welcome for family days and we hold a variety of events and courses throughout the year to introduce people to country living, rural crafts and wildlife. Home Farmis perfect for groups of families or friends who want to spend time in the countryside and our Treehouses host truly beautifulweddings.


Upcoming Events

Big Owls Festive fun

16th December 2017 10:00am

Join us at the woods for a morning filled with festive crafts, exciting games and plenty of biscuits and juice.

The woods might be muddy so bring welly boots. Refreshments are provided. Please let us know if you have any allergies.

Please note, children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge made for supervising adults.

Bird watching walk Acres Down

10th December 2017 9:00am

An opportunity to see fieldfares, redwings, crossbill and Hawfinch. Interesting birds of prey may also be on show. The walk will involve some small hills and the paths may be muddy so waterproof footwear would be advised.

Bird Watching Walk Normandy Marsh

26th November 2017 9:00am

A fantastic opportunity to see a range of wildfowl, waders, peregrine falcon and possibly kingfisher with expert guide Graham.

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