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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.
Farm Life
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.
Farm Life
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 Farm is perfect for groups of families or friends who want to spend time in the countryside and our Treehouses host truly beautiful weddings.

Upcoming Events

Volunteers: Conservation- Haywards field cut back
Session postponed a couple of weeks ago due to bad weather. In case you are wondering …Where? Hayward’s field is adjacent to the car park in Beaulieu Village High St. With the grass getting long and the need to get more animals in we need to tidy up, cut back, check fence security etc. Last...
Volunteers: Garden- BIG SUMMER WEED
What it says…. It’s summer and we need to weed. We did this last year in addition to our normal Monday sessions. Regular volunteers are welcome to join us on this day instead of Monday (or as well as if you’re really keen) but a different day may also give a chance to some of...
Volunteers: Conservation- Ragwort and scrubby plant removal
It could be a warm one so sun hats and sunscreen at the ready and watch out hayfever sufferers as our meadow is getting ready for being a potential hay crop so a few less welcome species could do with some removal. Always a busy morning in our volunteer calendar. Meet us up at the...
Little Owls: Join the Harvest
This month we will be making model tractors and harvesting some fruit from the garden to take home. Snacks are provided at Little Owls for children and adults. Please let us know in advance if you or your child have any allergies and we will try to cater for this if possible. Please note: All...
Little Owls: Animal Feeding
Grab your wellies and come down to the farm to join in with the morning animal feeding. The pigs, sheep, goats and many more will be looking forward to seeing you, especially if you are bringing some tasty breakfast treats! There will also be eggs to collect, mucking out to be done, and harvesting of...

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