Education is at the heart of the CRT. We are passionate about providing young people with learning experiences which re-connect them with nature and foster a lasting love and understanding of our wonderful countryside. We offer full and half-day school visits for one class (approx. 30) primary school children per day at three of our farms. Whilst each farm is unique, all have the potential to offer an enriching and memorable experience.
MOSAIC (Making our students aware of the importance of conservation) is the educational branch of The Countryside Restoration Trust, which was established in 1993 by chairman Robin Page and the late artist and conservationist, Gordon Beningfield. The primary aim of the CRT is to encourage wildlife-friendly farming. The CRT has achieved this by acquiring farmland and woodland where wildlife habitats and biodiversity were under threat and using sensitive and sympathetic farming practices to create a working harmony between farming and wildlife.
We offer quality school visits which immerse children in a farming and wildlife learning adventure within stunning scenery. We provide:
Pierrepont Farm is a dairy farm boasting an award-winning pedigree herd of Jersey cows and a state of the art dairy, complete with robot milking parlour. In addition to extensive pasture, the farm is home to a thriving wildlife pond and extensive wooded area.
Turnastone Court Farm is a rural idyll with breath-taking views at every turn. The farm is home to a flock of Texel sheep and a herd of Hereford cows who graze in over 200 acres of permanent pasture.
A large orchard, showcasing an abundance of fruit varieties is nestled next to a beautiful education lodge. The lodge courtyard houses an impressive kitchen garden brimming with fruits, vegetables and herbs.
Mayfields is a 40-acre smallholding which is home to an array of animals including sheep, goats, horses, sheepdogs, guinea pigs and a tortoise, to name but a few. The farm also benefits from a small wooded area, two ponds a raised bird hide plus a red squirrel breeding enclosure.