Countryside Classroom - Connecting schools with food, farming and the natural environment

Growing Schools has been re-launched as Countryside Classroom, the largest ever partnership of organisations who are committed to helping children learn about food, farming and/or the natural environment.

It is the vision of Countryside Classroom that schools and teachers across the UK will embrace food, farming and the natural environment as essential components of a broad and balanced curriculum, incorporating them into day-to-day learning. As a result of this, every child will have the opportunity to learn about and experience these topics in diverse ways that are increasingly supported by experiences outside the classroom.

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Ernest Cook Trust


The Ernest Cook Trust is one of the UK’s leading educational charities. Rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside, the trust actively encourages children and young people to learn from the land through hands-on educational opportunities on its estates and by offering grants.

Application Rounds / Deadlines:

Small grants: There is no specific closing date

Large grants: Spring meeting only projects related to the arts, crafts and architecture and literacy and numeracy are considered. Applications for the Spring meeting (which usually takes place in mid-April) must be received by the Trust by January 31st of that year. Autumn meeting only projects covering environment and countryside and literacy and numeracy are considered. Applications for the Autumn meeting (which takes place in September) must be received by the Trust by July 31st of that year.


Ernest Cook Trust The Estate Office,
Fairford Park, Fairford,
Gloucestershire GL7 4JH

Telephone: 01285 712492