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.
The Trust was founded by the philanthropist Ernest Cook in 1952 and each year, as a result of his foresight and passion for the countryside and the arts, the current Trustees are able to distribute around £1.8m in educational grants to benefit children and young people.
The Trust currently owns and manages 22,000 acres of landed estates across five counties in southern England: it upholds the highest standards of estate management throughout its land, farms and buildings, remaining true to Ernest Cook’s vision.
Walking, fishing, holiday cottages and allotments give even more people the opportunity to benefit from some of Britain’s most beautiful rural landscapes.