Albury Estate, Albury, Near Guildford, Surrey, GU5 9AF

DATE: Thursday 13th June 2019
TIME: 9.30am to 2.30pm
KEY STAGE: Key Stage 2
(priority given to yrs 5 & 6)
COST: This event is free of charge.

PRE-VISIT BRIEFING (PVB): All schools must send a representative to the PVB, without the PVB, we cannot accept schools on the Estate Day.

The day includes two trails each lasting for half a day:

Site A  – Albury Park 

  • Forestry Enterprise and study of the trees on the Estate.  Groups will walk through the woodland and the Estate foresters will demonstrate tree planting, woodland management, tree felling and timber movement.
  • Local Beekeepers, who keep their hives in the woodland, will demonstrate their craft.  http://reigatebeekeepers.org.uk/  
  • The Pheasant Shoot.  The Tenant of the Shoot will explain how pheasants are reared and demonstrate predator control.  The children will be shown how gun dogs are trained.

Site B – The Heathland and the Trout Fishery

  • Heathland – Surrey Wildlife Trust Rangers will lead activities on Albury Heath to demonstrate the importance of this habitat (www.surreywildlifetrust.org).  Live examples of the animals found there will be shown by members of The Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust – visit their website www.arc-trust.org
  • · A visit to the Trout Fishery will include demonstrations of fish rearing, fly-fishing and fly tying.  http://alburyestatefisheries.co.uk/fish-farm/

For further information contact
Guy Ledger
Tel: 07796 316187
or e-mail

Balcombe Estate, Bowders Farm, Balcombe, West Sussex, RH17 6QJ

DATE: Thursday 20th June 2019
TIME: 9.45am to 2.00pm
KEY STAGE: Key Stage 2
(priority given to yrs 5 & 6)
COST: This event if free of charge.

PRE-VISIT BRIEFING (PVB): All schools must send a representative to the PVB, without the PVB, we cannot accept schools on the Estate Day.

This introduction to the countryside will include the opportunity to learn about:

Farming -find out about the beef herd and sheep.  Discover which crops are grown on the estate and the machinery required to do this.

Forestry management and timber processing – discover how the woodlands are managed and watch a  timber processing demonstration

Pheasant and duck breeding and management – meet the chicks and ducklings and learn how they are raised

Gun dog handling and training – see the dogs being put through their paces

Meet the hounds

Horses with their tack – riding and working explained.

For further information contact
Guy Ledger
Tel: 07796 316187
or e-mail

Chiddingstone Castle, Hill Hoath Road, Chiddingstone, Kent, TN8 7AD

DATE: Thursday 23 May 2019
TIME: 9.30am to 3pm
KEY STAGE: Key Stage 2 (priority given to yrs 5 & 6)
COST: This event is free of charge.

FULLY BOOKED

PRE-VISIT BRIEFING (PVB): All schools must send a representative to the PVB, without the PVB, we cannot accept schools on the Estate Day.

Your pupils will have the opportunity to meet with people who live and work in and around the estate. As teachers you will have the opportunity to interact with a valuable resource.

For further information contact the estate.
Tel: 01892 870347
or e-mail
Website www.chiddingstonecastle.org.uk

Cornbury Estate, Cornbury Park, Nr Chilson, Charlbury, Oxfordshire OX7 3HS

DATE: Tuesday 18th June 2019
TIME: 9.30am to 2.30pm
KEY STAGE: Key Stage 2
(priority given to yrs 5 & 6)
COST: This event is free of charge.

PRE-VISIT BRIEFING (PVB): All schools must send a representative to the PVB, without the PVB, we cannot accept schools on the Estate Day.

A chance for everyone to enjoy and learn about the countryside through visiting keys sites of interest:

· Conservation and park management
· Forestry and gamekeeping
· Arable farming
· Lake management and fishing

For further information contact Gary Richardson
e-mail

To visit the Cornbury Park website www.cornburypark.co.uk

Ewelme Park Estate, Nettlebed, Henley on Thames, Buckinghamshire, RG9 6DZ

DATE: Wednesday 22 May 2019 (primary)
and Thursday 23 May 2019 (secondary)
TIME: 9.30am to 2.30pm
KEY STAGE: Key Stage 2 (priority given to yrs 5 & 6) and Key Stage 3.
COST: There is no charge for these events.

FULLY BOOKED

Three trails have been identified:

The History Trail – This walk will be led by Michael Colston. It will take place around the house (exterior only) and surrounding gardens and paddocks.

It will include historical details of the site and a visit to the archery corridor, the site where the largest haul of Roman coins were found, a tree embedded with arrow heads and the prehistoric Ridgeway Path.

The Farm Trail – This walk will be led by Hayley Gray. It will start from the farm yard adjacent to the house. This walk will look at farm buildings and their use, farm machinery, crops that are grown at Ewelme and a livery yard – an example of farm diversification.

The Woodlands Trail – This trail will involve a tractor and trailer ride. Liza Dibble will lead the group. They will visit the pheasant pens and meet Ian the gamekeeper and be driven through maturing woodlands and learn about planting, woodland management and wildlife.

Each trail must take no longer than an hour and a quarter from start to finish. This will then give just enough time for any toilet breaks!

Lunch will be taken under the trees in the Park or in a barn, depending on weather.

For further information contact  Gary Richardson
email

 

Leconfield Estate, Stag Park Farm, Petworth, West Sussex, GU28 0QY

DATE: TBC for 2019
TIME: 9.30am to 2.30pm
KEY STAGE: Key Stage 2 (priority given to yrs 5 & 6)
COST: There will be a £3 per child charge for this event

PRE-VISIT BRIEFING (PVB): All schools must send a representative to the PVB, without the PVB, we cannot accept schools on the Estate Day.

Activities will be led by the Estate and farm staff and are designed specifically for Year 5 and Year 6 and will involve some listening as well as hands on practical activities. Pupils will be able to learn about:

  • Farming – get up close to the sheep and cattle kept on the estate and gain first hand knowledge from those who look after them.
  • Woodlands – discover how the woodlands are managed and what the harvested timber is used for.
  • The Lakes – learn about the ecology of the lakes, identify some of the organisms present and have a go at fly casting.
  • Game, Deer and Conservation – the importance of balance in the environment will be explained.
  • Building Department – find out how traditional methods are used to look after the historical buildings on the Estate.
  • Roads and Water Department – demonstrations of the equipment and machinery used to maintain the infrastructure of the estate.

For further information contact
Guy Ledger
Tel: 07796 316187
or e-mail

Otterden Estate, Faversham, Kent, ME13 0DB

DATE: Wednesday 12th June 2019
TIME: 9.30am to 2.30pm
KEY STAGE: Key Stage 2
COST: This event is free of charge.

Photos
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Gamekeeping talk

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Showing the children the ferrets used in gamekeeping

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Forestry talk

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Measuring the height of a tree

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Counting the growth rings of a tree

falconry
Falconry talk and display

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Farm animals

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Gundog talk and display

 

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Farm crops

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Farm Machinery

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Brogdale Fruit Farm

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Brogdale Fruit Farm showing where bees can hibinate

Managing the Environment

The estate incorporates many traditional and modern features of the countryside and is carefully managed by the Wheler Foundation ensure that it can continue for future generations. In a unique event, your class will for the first time have access to the estate where local farmers and estate staff will talk to children about their work and what they do to manage this wonderful estate for future generations to enjoy. The Trustees of the Wheler Foundation are committed to reconnecting children with the countryside around them and this support means that we can offer this opportunity FREE OF CHARGE, helping your school meet the objectives of the Learning Outside the Classroom Manifesto.

The visit will incorporate many themes of core importance in the National Curriculum, particularly Geography & History.

Examples:
– Comparison with rural locality
– Human influence on the Environment
– Conservation
– The changing face of farming business
– Historical Enquiries

A chance for everyone to enjoy and learn about the countryside, through visiting key sites of interest:
– Woodland & forestry
– Home farm
– Game management

For further information contact
Guy Ledger
Tel: 07796 316187
or e-mail

 

Parham House, Pulborough, West Sussex, RH20 4HS

DATE: TBC 2019
TIME: 9.30am to 2.30pm
KEY STAGE: Key Stage 2
COST: There will be a £3 per child charge for this event

PRE-VISIT BRIEFING (PVB): All schools must send a representative to the PVB, without the PVB, we cannot accept schools on the Estate Day.

For further information contact
Guy Ledger
Tel: 07796 316187
or e-mail