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What will students see and do?

The Countryside Education Trust provides students with the opportunity to experience hands-on farm life. The main categories that students get involved in are gardening, farming, environment, gardening, history, and living wild. These provide new outdoor experiences, teach skills and build children’s confidence.

The gardening activities provide the perfect opportunity for students to learn more about the food they eat. There are specific activities to teach students about how plants grow and what happens throughout their lifecycle.

During the farming activities, students can see sheep, goats, pigs, calves, rare breed chickens, turkeys and horses. There’s also a small animal handling area on the farm, where students can hold gentle creatures such as guinea pigs and rabbits. Students will learn about caring for animals, farm animal breeds and evolution, and farm animal reproduction and growth.

If you’re looking for a science trip, the environment activities at the Countryside Education Trust support students to learn about animal classification and keys, habitats, life cycles and food chains.

For classes focused on learning about history, there are residential activities located in the New Forest within the village of Beaulieu.
Students will have the opportunity to conduct a field study of Victorian life at the Palace House and learn how people in New Forest could construct a home in 24 hours.

The living wild classes allow students to get out of the classroom and into the great outdoors, spending time in the woods and learning skills such as shelter building, fire-lighting and orienteering.

Teaching resources provided

To find out more about resources, contact the CET team via email at or through their contact section on the Countryside Education Trust website.

Minimum and maximum group size

There isn’t a set minimum or a maximum number of students for this outdoor learning opportunity. Classes of all sizes, large and small, are welcome to participate in a school trip to the CET Tree House Study Centre.

However, it’s recommended to get in touch to determine availability and pricing.

Details of risk assessment

The Countryside Education Trust takes considerable amounts of effort in ensuring safety and security for everyone participating.

Each activity has a risk assessment for teachers to download from the Countryside Education Trust website. The assessments cover potential hazards, precautions to take, likelihood of an event, and other safeguards.


Don't miss our downloadable A-Z guide on completing a risk assessment

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Facilities on-site

For residential stays, Home Farm offers group accommodation by the farm and gardens. Students have access to various facilities, including a kitchen, conservatory, dining area, and group rooms. Each wing has shared showers and toilets for the students and a private wheelchair-accessible one.

The activities that students partake in are close to the accommodation. It’s also a short distance from the private woodlands where the team building and bush craft survival activities take place.

Opening times

The Countryside Education Trust is open from 9am-5pm.
Activity times will vary. Contact the Trust for more information.



Contact the Countryside Education Trust directly for details about school trip prices.

Travel arrangements

The Countryside Education Trust is located in Beaulieu in the New Forest National Park. It is close to Beaulieu River and the National Motor Museum.

Beaulieu is accessible by car, from junction 2 of the M27.

A detailed map of how to get to the Treehouse Study Centre is available on the Countryside Education Trust website.


The Countryside Education Trust, Home Farm, Palace Lane, Brockenhurst, Hampshire
SO42 7YG

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