New book is launched looking at 40 years of The Countryside Education Trust

40 Years of the Countryside Education Trust' by Rosalyn Reed
40 Years of the Countryside Education Trust – by Rosalyn Reed

The Countryside Education Trust is a charity based at Beaulieu on the edge of the New Forest.

It was established in 1975 to provide first class, hands-on educational experiences for all age groups.

Groups of children can spend a day in the woods or on the farm.

Alternately they can have a residential stay at the purpose built centre on what was the Home Farm for the Beaulieu Estate.

Adults have attended lectures and taken part in courses on an enormous range of subjects giving insight into countryside and environmental matters.

In total nearly half a million visitors have benefitted from the services offered by the Trust.

A book has now been produced entitled ’40 Years of the Countryside Education Trust’ by Rosalyn Reed, that tells the history of how it started, how it has been supported by BP, Esso and other local industries, and all it has achieved during the years.

Lord & Lady Montagu with Countryside Education Trust staff in 1982
Lord & Lady Montagu with Countryside Education Trust staff in 1982

The early ideas of Lord Montagu and Jack Hargreaves and all the hard work of its Director, Graham Carter are recorded, plus the inspiration of the many members of staff who have contributed so much.

The book is available from the Countryside Education Trust at Beaulieu, or from the St Barbe’s Museum, Lymington, Beaulieu Attraction Gift shop and the Herald Offices at Hythe at a cost of £11:00.

The book can also be obtained from the publishers at