ECT, based in Fairford, Gloucestershire, has teamed up with the Pendle Hill Landscape Partnership to offer outdoor learning … Read more... “Outdoor learning expertise from the Cotswolds to the Pennines”
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Nanny Lander’s Cotswold Organic goats’ cheese, made by Tom Lander at Home Farm, Quenington in Gloucestershire, … Read more... “Nanny Lander’s cheese gets MPs’ vote”
Two events in early January – the Oxford Farming Conference and its alternative Oxford Real Farming Conference on sustainable and organic food and farming – made national headlines as Environment Secretary Michael Gove set out the government’s agenda for food … Read more... “Oxford Farming Conferences – our farmers report back”
ECT has welcomed some new recruits to its Estates Team.
Alison Wright. pictured left, is the new PA to Property Director Michael Birnie. After growing up in Cirencester, Alison has had a long and varied career – ranging from … Read more... “Trust welcomes new faces”
Jonathan joined the Trust in 1978 after starting his career at Strutt & Parker in London. He … Read more... “Jonathan retires after four decades caring for the land”
Despite the summer showers, the event at Lea Wood on ECT’s … Read more... “Children defy summer downpours for woodland fun”
The ‘Farmer Cluster’ concept is designed to encourage groups of farmers … Read more... “Farm conservation – putting the farmer in control”
Children from Tuffley Primary School in Gloucester had the chance to do just that at a recent event run by the Ernest … Read more... “Enjoying a good book in the great outdoors”
The Trust, based in Fairford, Gloucestershire, is one of the UK’s leading educational charities, and is rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside. It … Read more... “ECT welcomes new Property Director”
The Ernest Cook Trust is pleased to have been among the sponsors of the inaugural School Farms Network Education Alliance (SFNEA) conference, held recently at the Royal Agricultural University in Cirencester.
The two-day event brought together outdoor learning practitioners, teachers… Read more... “Learning in the farmyard – a meeting of minds”
For over 20 years, farmers Tim and Caroline Wilson have hosted first-year veterinary students on … Read more... “Learning from the lambs”
Jenefer, who lives near Fairford, joined the Trust on April 5th following a highly successful career in the property sector.
A qualified chartered surveyor,… Read more... “ECT welcomes new Trustee”
Entitled ‘Hare Today, Gone Tomorrow’, the piece was created by education officer Peter Tatham with help from students at Farmor’s … Read more... “Trust joins Cotswold Hare Trail”
Former primary school teacher Nicola Spence, pictured, joined ECT in February. But unlike the … Read more... “New recruit as ECT joins forces with Chatsworth”
But what’s it like to be an Arkwright Scholar? Felix Murray is … Read more... “How ECT helps a young engineer pursue his passion”
Jon, aged 26, pictured left, takes over the job of managing a two and a half-mile stretch of the River Coln from Ken Davey, … Read more... “New ECT river keeper bridges the generations”
In an exciting new development, we have joined forces with the Devonshire Educational Trust to appoint an Outdoor … Read more... “Education News: Widening our horizons”
The UK’s horticulture industry should be blooming – it contributes £10.4bn to the economy each year and employs 300,000 people. Yet the sector faces a skills crisis, with over 70 per cent of businesses struggling to find skilled workers, according … Read more... “Grants News: How ECT helps UK horticulture grow its own”
Water bailiff Ken Davey has retired after 50 years with the Ernest Cook Trust. Ken joined the Trust in 1966 as a 16-year-old straight from school, and over the decades he covered just about every outdoor maintenance role on the Fairford … Read more... “Ken hangs up his waders”
In October all 98 children from Gretton Primary School near Cheltenham visited the Redwood Outdoor Education Centre’s Forest School on ECT’s Slimbridge Estate, Gloucestershire, to make ‘woodland music’.
Pupils were split into three age groups to explore different sounds using … Read more... “Making woodland music on ECT’s Slimbridge Estate”
The group CA-UK officially launches in January to help farmers exchange information and ideas and to offer training and advice on conservation … Read more... “ECT farmer Tony spreads the word on conservation agriculture”
He is expected to take over the 709-acre farm from his father … Read more... “Oliver continues farming dynasty in Trent”
Arkwright Engineering Scholarships are designed to attract the most talented STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering … Read more... “Awards for ECT’s budding engineers”
Dr Edwards started the job on October 3rd, taking over from Nicholas Ford, left, who has stepped down after 14 years with the Trust.
This Autumn I retire after more than 14 years at the helm of the Ernest Cook Trust. This has been the most rewarding, varied and stimulating job, combining my experience as a land agent with my passion for countryside education.… Read more... “Chief Executive Nicholas Ford: “It’s been an absolute privilege””
Katy graduated from the Royal Agricultural College (now the Royal Agricultural University) in Cirencester in 2007 with a degree in Rural Land Management. She worked as a … Read more... “Trust welcomes new faces…”
With our education programmes, often we see the benefits to children and hear about the subsequent impact on their learning and behaviour. It’s easy to forget that learning outside the classroom is good for adults too.
A 2011 report commissioned … Read more... “Education News: Outdoor learning’s good for grown-ups too”
Ben, pictured left, has just completed the prestigious William Morris Craft Fellowship scheme, run by the Society for the Preservation of … Read more... “Grants News: The young generation saving our historic buildings”