Goodwood Education Trust
From pre-school to post-graduates, Goodwood provides educational visits for groups of all ages.
Goodwood Education Trust is an independent charity (number 1198212) operating on the Goodwood Estate that promotes awareness and understanding of the natural environment to children and young people from schools, colleges, community groups and charities across the country. Set up in 1976 by the current Duke’s father, the 10th Duke of Richmond, its vision is to inspire a love and understanding of the natural world. Principle areas of operation are Home Farm, the estate’s working organic mixed farm, and Seeley Copse, a 20 acre area of woodland.
Educational Group Visits
Goodwood Education Trust has been providing outdoor learning opportunities at Goodwood for over 40 years. Enriched by the essential qualities of the estate, workshops, engagement and enrichment activities aim to raise awareness and knowledge of the food, sustainable farming, heritage and the natural world, encouraging current and future generations to consider how they live and think about the world around them.
Nestled in Seeley Copse, an eight-hectare remnant of ancient woodland dedicated exclusively to education, the Goodwood Education Centre is the starting point for the majority of educational visits. This purpose-built facility has a bright and airy classroom for up to 60 children and provides access to safe, practical hands-on learning and enrichment activities year-round. The building is wheelchair accessible, has disabled and unisex toilet facilities, and there is ample parking for coaches and minibuses in the dairy car park directly opposite.
At Home Farm, our organic mixed farm, children are encouraged to connect the food they eat and food production on the farm. Many children are poorly informed about the origins of food, and for many, a trip to Home Farm will be their first experience of a working farm. Children have close but safe access to dairy and beef cows, see pigs and sheep, make butter from cream, and taste Goodwood organic milk. The principles of organic farming are explained, and experienced Education Guides describe the benefits of farming in this nature-friendly way.
Workshops in Seeley Copse are designed to promote an improved awareness of the way the natural world works. Through first-hand exploration and discovery, children become familiar with woodland species, habitats and ecosystems, discovering for themselves the importance of looking after the environment. Two hundred years ago, chalk was dug from the Copse to make mortar for the House and Estate walls, resulting in a varied topography of holes and hills that are great fun to explore. In the last century, parts of the woodland were coppiced and various exotic tree species planted, creating a dynamic and delightful environment in which to learn outdoors.
Residential stays at Goodwood are popular with both local schools and schools from further afield. Accommodation is located in the Grade I listed The Stables, situated next to Goodwood House. Children and young people can enjoy a variety of activities on the Estate, including tours of Home Farm, Goodwood House, the Racecourse and Motor Circuit, as well as den building and Forest School nature activities in Seeley Copse.
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