At Mayfields and the Countryside Restoration Trust, we are passionate about educating our young people about the links between food, farming and wildlife, and aim to foster a lasting love of our wonderful countryside.
Mayfields provides a fantastic outdoor learning resource for hands-on exploration of farm life and wildlife, whilst neatly linking in with many areas of the National Curriculum! We welcome visits from school groups, youth groups or other clubs, and can tailor activities to suit your requirements.
Educational visits are usually free of charge as the farm is under Higher Level Stewardship.
- An attractive, purpose built classroom, which can accommodate a group of up to 30 for lunchtimes and indoor activities if necessary (we usually aim to be outside for much of the time, weather permitting!).
- An enclosed garden for picnics and activities. We are currently developing this as an educational space for learning about planting, growing and wildlife gardening.
- Two unisex toilets, one with disabled access; both with basin and warm water.
- Additional hand-washing is provided via a long outdoor sink with several taps.
- Car parking area for approximately 6 vehicles, or for a coach to pull into.
Our natural resources
- Different rare and traditional breeds of sheep and working sheep dogs.
- A red squirrel enclosure (we are part of the East Anglian Red Squirrel Group).
- Two ponds with dipping platforms.
- Working beehives.
- A boardwalk through a wooded area, with a log circle seating area.
- A variety of habitats to study – ponds, wet woodland, grassland, meadow, hedgerows.
- A fantastic new raised bird hide overlooking different habitats.
When to come
- Visits are welcome at any time, but between March and October are probably best.
- Visits can be a whole or half day, and we can be flexible with timings.
- Evening visits in Summer, or occasional Saturdays are possible for non-school groups.
What we can offer
Activities can encompass many curriculum areas, especially KS1/2 Science, and Early Learning Goal ‘Understanding the World’. There are also opportunities to link with maths, literacy, geography, art, SMSC or specific class topics. Please click here to download more details on possible sessions. Mayfields would also be suitable for environmental studies in secondary/further education. Any interested adult groups are also welcome to visit and we would be happy to discuss possibilities.
To enquire about booking a visit and for further information, please contact CRT education officer, Teresa Linford.