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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

Volunteer Session - Garden
We are looking for some help constructing frames and planting the tomatoes out into the beds in the greenhouse. There is also lots of weeding and cutting back around the garden to be done.
Owlets: Woodland Wander
We are very excited to be able to welcome Owlets back to the CET. For our first session we will be taking a walk around the tree trail at Hartford Wood. This is an area of our site a little further away from the Treehouses which contains some really special trees. The route is about...
Open farm Sunday: afternoon session
As part of the national LEAF Open Farm Sunday event we are opening the farm for self guided tours and activity trails. This year the theme for the event is farm wellbeing, sustainability and climate change. There will be the opportunity to see the animals, buy some produce from the farm or take part in...
Open Farm Sunday: morning session
As part of the national LEAF Open Farm Sunday event we are opening the farm for self guided tours and activity trails. This year the theme for the event is farm wellbeing, sustainability and climate change. There will be the opportunity to see the animals, buy some produce from the farm or take part in...
Little Owls: Teddy Bear's Picnic
This month we would love you to bring along a teddy bear or another soft toy and a picnic to enjoy up in the orchard. There will be a teddy bear trail, games to play and some harvesting to be done in the garden. Hopefully we can pick some items that can be added to...

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