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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.

Wildlife

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.

History

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.

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Upcoming Events

Beekeeping Taster Day

16th September 2017 10:00am

An introduction to the life of the honey bee and how beekeepers manage an apiary.

The morning's topics will include the honey bee life-cycle, how colonies are managed to keep bees happy and healthy, how the art of beekeeping has developed over millennia, and the range of equipment needed in an active apiary.

There will be time for informal discussion whilst enjoying a Ploughman's Lunch.

In the afternoon you will visit a nearby apiary to see some working hives.

Full-length protective clothing will be provided for the apiary visit, but you should wear trousers or jeans and a long sleeved tee-shirt or jumper.
You need to bring your own wellies.

Under-18s should to be accompanied by a fee-paying adult.

Little Owls: Join the harvest Thursday am

14th September 2017 10:00am

Join the Harvest

Crafts, games and outdoor activities with a farm theme.

Reap the rewards of our hard work earlier in the year. There should be plenty of fruit and veg to take home.

Refreshments will be provided, please let us know if you any allergies.

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

Little Owls: Join the Harvest Thursday pm

14th September 2017 1:00pm

Join the Harvest

Crafts, games and outdoor activities with a farm theme.

Reap the rewards of our hard work earlier in the year. There should be plenty of fruit and veg to take home.

Refreshments will be provided, please let us know if you any allergies.

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

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