Exciting outdoor education destination in the heart of the Essex countryside

The award winning Chatham Green Project is a farm education and conservation initiative on 400 acres of farmland in the heart of Essex

Focused on sustainable land use, the project investigates how we can utilise the land more effectively to better balance the 21st century needs of farming, nature, and communities. Through this initiative, we provide National Curriculum linked educational activities for over 3,000 school aged pupils each year. In addition to this, we operate an environmental monitoring programme to record the changes in the land over time.

The Chatham Green Project is an education initiative that brings nature, food, and farming to life in a child-friendly, hands-on way here on our 400-acre classroom. Surrounded by wheat fields, woodland and meadows young people immerse themselves in dense green nature, covering a range of curriculum and non-curriculum topics in a fun and engaging way. How better to learn about habitats than following badger footprints through the woods and peering down a deep dark badger hole, before setting a night vision camera to capture images and downloading them for discussion the next day? (Curriculum links: Animals, Habitats, Lifecycles, Computing). Or learning about field to fork by running through a sticky, spikey wheat field before using flour to make dough on the side of the field, and cooking bread to share on an open fire? (Curriculum links: Plants, Lifecycles, Cooking & Nutrition). The Chatham Green project is a dynamic, ever-evolving environmental education programme that engages children in exciting ways that stay with them long after their visit.

Our experienced Education Team provides quality Learning Outside the Classroom opportunities for children of all ages.   Our lessons and activities are all curriculum linked, helping teachers to deliver the curriculum in an engaging and connected way.  We cater for children of all abilities, adapting our delivery methods to suit the learning style of our visitors.   We are proud to hold the LOTC Quality Mark.

100% of our visiting teachers agree that our National Curriculum linked activities are suitable for the age group of their children, that topics covered are as agreed and our Education Team score an average 4.67 out of 5 for the method of delivery.     These are statistics we are very proud of and assure you of a great educational visit to Chatham Green.

The Chatham Green Project is a joint initiative of registered charity The Wilderness Foundation and commercial farmers Strutt and Parker (Farms) Ltd.   The programme is supported by a number of charitable and commercial organisations including Natural England, Bayer CropScience, and Claas UK.

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Chatham Green Project
Hyde Hall Farm
Whitbreads Farm Lane
Chatham Green

If you are using a sat nav to visit us, please use postcode CM3 3LQ

Please enter Whitbreads Farm Lane from the end signposted for Whitbreads Business Centre, avoiding the narrow streets of the hamlet (unsuitable for coaches)

The visitor car park is on the left-hand side of the road as you approach the farm (signposted). We have parking for up to two coaches and ten cars.

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