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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

Open Farm Sunday 2019 2.00pm

9th June 2019 2:00pm

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.

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

Blooms and Tunes

21st May 2019 7:00pm

A very special and unique evening taking place in Beaulieu Motor Museum's Lecture theatre, featuring National Flower Demonstrator, Graham Harmer and the local community choir, the Beaulieu Warblers.

Graham Harmer is a talented and inspirational demonstrator, a multi gold medallist at Chelsea and Area Associate of Honour of NAFAS, who has arranged flowers at many prestigious venues including Kensington Palace, St. James' Palace and Southwark Cathedral. The colour and form of Graham's amazing designs will be complemented by well-known songs, themed to the arrangements performed by the Beaulieu Warblers.

All seating will be reserved on a first booked basis. Free parking is available.

All proceeds from the evening will support the Countryside Education Trust.

Tickets are limited so early booking is recommended.

Spring Bushcraft

10th April 2019 10:00am

Spring Bushcraft Tutor Joe Peartree

Spring, a time for rebirth and new growth. On this course we will cover fire, including fire by friction and modern methods, different fire lays and natural tinder, simple natural shelters and beds, tapping trees for sap and its uses, working with birch bark and barkcraft, using pine resin and spruce roots as well as a seasonal forage for wild foods and medicines.

Please note all children must be accompanied by a participating adult

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