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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 - Harvest.

18th August 2017 10:00am

Big Owls - Harvest.

Join us for harvest themed activities and games at the farm.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for adults attending the session.

Survival bow and field archery course

8th August 2017 10:00am

This event is perfect for anyone who has an interest in making and shooting their own 'survival bow' while testing their skills on our 40 acre field archery course set in semi-ancient woodland.

During the first half of the day you will be taught which species of tree make the best bows and how to select an appropriate piece of wood. Under supervision from bushcraft expert Joe Peartree you will use a variety of tools to form and shape your bow to your own dimensions. After lunch one of our archery instructors will guide you around our field archery course where you will have the chance to test your bow and your shooting skills across a range of targets all set in a natural woodland environment.

This course is suitable for ages 12 +. No previous archery experience is necessary. The majority of the course will be held outside so participants will need to wear appropriate clothing and due to the nature of the activity no open toed footwear is permitted. Refreshments will be provided but participants will need to bring a packed lunch.

About your instructor:

Joe Peartree has been studying and practicing primitive living, bushcraft and survival techniques for over a decade. His qualifications include a BTEC diploma in Countryside Management, Woodland survival skills and Wilderness first aid. He is working towards his level 3 Forest school qualification and is a member of Bournmouth Archery Club and a Grand National Archery Society member.

Big Owls - Secret life of plants

28th July 2017 10:00am

Big Owls - The secret life of plants.

A morning of plant themed fun and games at the Farm.

All children must be accompanied by an adult. There is no charge for adults attending the session.

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