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Information on Briars Lodge
• Caters for a wide variety of ages and curriculum areas.
• The grounds cover a range of habitats including a pond, meadow, hedgerow, woodland and compost heap (recycling).
• The Barn provides a meeting place for visiting groups and has equipment to support activities.
• Easy access to Ashdown Forest, Pooh Bridge and other Pooh Bear places, Hartfield village and Pooh Corner shop.
• Educational visits are planned in consultation between the teachers or group leaders and The Briars volunteer staff.
• Briars Lodge is open to visiting groups throughout the year, with different seasonal activities available, between 9.30am and 3.30pm (closed Bank Holidays).
• Visiting groups may use the Meadow or Barn for picnic lunches.  Drinks and biscuits can be provided, if required, by prior arrangement.
Wet Weather
• Children should wear suitable clothing.  Rubber boots and waterproofs are essential during and after wet weather.
Donations towards centre maintenance
• £3.00 per pupil per half-day, £5.00 per pupil per day.
Sponsorship funding to assist with schools’ travel costs may be available –  please contact Hilary Rowberry at Briars Lodge for further details.  This support is generously provided by the East Grinstead club of Soroptimist International.
A half-day or full day visit will be planned to fit in with individual Teacher or Group Leader requirements.
Briars Lodge is suitable for studies in Science, Geography, English and Maths and general interest in Ashdown Forest. All work is structured to lead to RSPB awards.

  • Natural World, Matching activities, Senses, Trail following activities
Key Stage 1
  • Nature, Pond activities, Woodland, Hedgerow, Meadow, Geography
Key Stage 2
  • Habitat Studies, Contrasting localities – Woodland/Hedgerow/Pond/Meadow/Compost
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I enjoyed making badges and planting flowers in the old pirate ship. The scavenger hunt was fun and it was great making bird houses too..... in fact I enjoy everything.
I enjoyed receiving my Blue Peter green badge. On the nature scavenger hunt we found: spider webs ( which means spiders), animal footprints,flowers and fruits.
I like going out to the Briars Lodge Field Centre because we can see lots of wildlife there.
I like looking at wildlife
Like the other leaders I enjoy being trained up to help other club members
I enjoyed making the bird houses especially
I liked making badges because they tell people I am a member of the Wildlife Club
I loved making a better bug hotel because its for creatures that are small and when it's raining they can have a shelter
I had to find some leaves from the playground and find different colours. I stapled them to card to make a collage. It was good fun.
I got all the plants ready for people to plant. I helped them use spades and forks to dig holes to put them in