Project information

Living wild for city kids!

We want to bring children from the inner city out into the countryside to experience life on our farm feeding and caring for the animals, and in our woods learning about the enivronment and themselves. 67% of children from poor families miss out on these kinds of trips and we aim to put that right.

January 2016 - December 2016

Charity information: The Countryside Education Trust

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  • Need


    Poorer children don't have the same access to enrichment activities as children from wealthier families. Schools work on their core curriculum requirements when they stay: if children can't afford to come, they are missing out on a fundamental part of their education. One child said 'its sad, because (the trip) is the talk of the school - even when you get to secondary school you still talk about it.' 12% of poorer children have been bullied because they couldn't afford a residential trip.


    A new bursary system will mean that children from poorer homes are not left out. Many schools are not using pupil premium for the specific benefit of individuals and an estimated 30-40% of children who could be covered by it are still not registered. By enabling teachers to apply for bursaries for such children we hope to ensure that no classmate is left behind for financial reasons. We were set up specifically to bring children out of the inner city in 1975 and we aim to continue to do so.

  • Aims

    Aim 1

    To fund 100 children to visit for a week with free places from a combination of funding.


    » Contact Poverty Officers and Education Officers from selected inner city areas and use social media to publicise the scheme.

    By the end of 2016 we will have hosted 100 children for residential visits who would not otherwise be able to come and stay on our farm.

  • Impact


    To avoid identifying children we help to their peers we will invite classes containing those children to fill in feedback forms so that we can gather feedback discreetly. We will also undertake qualitative research with those teachers who have nominated children for the bursary to establish any benefits and to gain feedback on the process. We will use this information to run the scheme as effectively as possible in the future and to raise funds to grow it in the future.


    The risk is that we fail to meet our fundraising target for this project. Should we fail to do so we will roll out a wider fundraising plan for the following year. We will support as many children as we can on a pro rata basis if this happens.
    Another risk is that children are seen as 'charity' cases. We will liaise with teachers to minimise this risk.


    Funders will receive a monthly email report noting how many recipients of bursaries have visited Home Farm Residential Centre. At the end of the year, we will produce a report based on our findings which we will share with our donors. Funders are encouraged to contact the Executive Trustee.

  • Budget

    Budget - Project Cost: £16,000

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      Amount Heading Description
      £16,000 Residentials Free places for 100 kids - we are subsidising the cost already.

    Current Funding / Pledges

    Source Amount
    Mrs. Lee £1,500 Guaranteed
    Anonymous Donor £25 Guaranteed
    BEL £1,500 Conditional
  • Background


    We are based in the New Forest. The residential centre was built in 1975 with funding from the Inner London Education Authority, with the express purpose of bringing children out of the inner city so that they could experience country life and have a holiday. Although we do not have any statutory funding any longer from London, Portsmouth, Southampton or Hampshire we continue to target schools in inner city areas.


    Children from the boroughs within travelling distance with the highest levels of child poverty: Tower Hamlets (42%), Islington (34%), Newham (32%), Westminster (30%), Hackney (30%), Hastings (31%), Southampton (28%) and Portsmouth (28%). Southampton and Portsmouth struggle with a lower profile for funding than London but similar problems; for example, Portsmouth has the highest density of poplulation outside London in the UK.

  • Why Us?

    Why Us?

    We have been running for 40 years. In 1975 we were pioneers in environmental education in its widest sense, now we are experts. All our facilities are here and well proven, with our food, accommodation and staffing regularly receiving the highest feedback marks. We are in a beautiful rural setting on a farm, and the children have the opportunity to care for our livestock, collect eggs, pick vegetables, explore our woods, build shelters, make fires and develop in often an entirely new context.

    Read more about the Charity running this project.


    The Whole Staff Team

    We work in a collegiate fashion with everyone from the cleaners to the farmer to the cook contributing to keep our visitors happy and engaged.

The lure of water

The lure of water

It felt bad when everyone come back and said how much of an amazing time they had.

Young Person