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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

Big Owls- Animal Feed

15th June 2019 10:00am

It's feeding time down on the farm. Come and help us around the farm for a fun and busy hour of feeding! Our goats, sheep, chickens, pigs and all our animals can't wait to see you!

Open Farm Sunday 2019: Farm Tour 1.00 pm

9th June 2019 1:00pm

Farm tour for Open Farm Sunday

We are pleased to once again be participating in Open Farm Sunday. This year visits to the farm will be by booked tour only. We are keeping group sizes fairly small so that the staff have plenty of opportunity to discuss the running of our educational farm with visitors and answer any of your questions.

Tours will be approximately 45 minutes long and will include visits to all our animals plus a walk around the further reaches of the farm not usually accessible to visitors. This event is open to everyone but participants must be able to walk approximately a mile. Children are welcome but please be aware that there are some parts of the route that are unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Teas and coffees will be available to buy before or after your tour as well as any seasonal farm produce we have available.

Free parking will be available on site.

Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate dogs on this occasion as the tours will go through fields of livestock

Open Farm Sunday 2019: Farm Tour 1.30 pm

9th June 2019 1:30pm

Farm tour for Open Farm Sunday

We are pleased to once again be participating in Open Farm Sunday. This year visits to the farm will be by booked tour only. We are keeping group sizes fairly small so that the staff have plenty of opportunity to discuss the running of our educational farm with visitors and answer any of your questions.

Tours will be approximately 45 minutes long and will include visits to all our animals plus a walk around the further reaches of the farm not usually accessible to visitors. This event is open to everyone but participants must be able to walk approximately a mile. Children are welcome but please be aware that there are some parts of the route that are unsuitable for pushchairs and wheelchairs.

Teas and coffees will be available to buy before or after your tour as well as any seasonal farm produce we have available.

Free parking will be available on site.

Unfortunately we will not be able to accommodate dogs on this occasion as the tours will go through fields of livestock

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