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New Forest Study Centre: A Treehouse Retreat for Environmental Education

by , 07/09/14

Nature lovers have always enjoyed being out in the woods and immersing themselves in the wild, and there’s a stunning center in the UK that can help to make that experience even more magical. Commissioned by the Countryside Education Trust (CET)New Forest Study Centre is a large, sustainable treehouse retreat in the countryside where people can go to learn about rural life and build a connection to nature; an experience that some one million children in the UK have never had. With two classrooms and a large outdoor space that has farm animals, gardens, and study areas, this treehouse project is a major catalyst for environmental awareness.


The treehouse was designed by 22-year-old Samantha Sherwood of Oxford Brookes University, who won a student design competition open to five South Eastern architecture schools. She worked closely with treehouse specialists Blue Forest Ltd to develop her plans into a workable solution, with additional advice from sustainable environmental consultancy XCO2.

The building features a biomass boiler, solar panels, rainwater collection and a glass roof. Construction materials were sourced within the region, where possible. A walkway suspended 16 feet from the ground enables students to move from one classroom to the other. Only the toilet block and facilities office are located on the ground. The new center replaces two dilapidated classrooms that were acquired second-hand, and is “a model of sustainable and environmental design, technology and energy conservation” serving the environmental education center and local community groups. This fantastic treehouse received top prize in the 2009 LABC (Local Authority Building Control) South East Building Excellence Awards, and continues to draw praise for sustainability and environmental excellence.

Visitors to the center can take part in countless eco-activities, and there are programs to suit any age group. The center’s goal is to educate people about nature and help them to reconnect with all things wild and wonderful, from forest walks to wilderness survival, archery, and crafts.

+ Countryside Education Trust (CET)

+ New Forest Tree House

+ View the project’s Flickr page

Via Southern Daily Echo

Images via the project’s Flickr and Facebook pages

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3 Comments

  1. jonty March 3, 2011 at 9:04 am

    Respected sir,I am jonty and currently doing business study. sorry to say but if you realy want to remove the poverty of INDIA, you should not only having thinking of donation, you should help by developing economics of it. By donating, there can never remove poverty, you need to have strategic or business thinking. I have one plan for better improvement if you accept.
    There no doubt that you are more experience and intelligent but yet If you think that my plan realy beneficial for poor people, then i’ll wait for an optimist reply from you.
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  2. pete4peace July 25, 2008 at 4:29 pm

    I’d really like to be kept in touch with developments, exhibitions etc

    Thanks and best wishes

    Pete4Peace

  3. bloggersmosaic April 16, 2008 at 10:22 am

    it looks interesting more than charles himself

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