Lees Court Education And Research Network or LEARN is designed to encourage groups to visit the Estate, showcase, learn and discuss the various on-going projects including growing commodity crops, non-food crops, conservation and improvement of bio-diversity, the conservation of natural features and buildings or simply the awareness and appreciation of the countryside and its way of life. LEARN has helped create ways to enable visitors with disabilities enjoy the experience of visiting the countryside.
For further information, contact Elizabeth Roberts on 01227 731331 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Barton Junior School visit
A group of 30 children visited from Barton Junior School, Dover (July 2014). As part of their educational tour, they went on a bug and beast hunt with the Estate's Gamekeeper, Shayne Dean.
Active Lives (Canterbury)
A group of 7 students from Active Lives (Canterbury) along with carers and helpers visited the Estate in June 2012
Since 2010, the Estate has been part of the "Let Nature Feed Your Senses" project. Run in partnership between LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) and Sensory Trust. The project aims to engage people with nature, food and farming on a network of 85 farms and nature reserves across England.
The project is working with people that currently cannot or do not access the countryside because of age, ability or social situation.
Let Nature Feed Your Senses specific beneficiary groups are as follows:
•People who have a disability
•People who live in an area of high social deprivation
•People aged 65 or over
•Schoolchildren who either have a disability, live in an area of high social deprivation or attend a school that has been unable to previously access farm visits
"The group loved all the activities - many commenting it was the best 'trip' they had ever done!" Barton Junior School
"I am still finding grain in my clothes!! We all had a fantastic time and I was very touched by the generous hospitality and kindness of all the Staff. Thank you for a wonderful day". Kent Association for the Blind, Aiming High Coordinator
"Everyone enjoyed getting to stroke the cows, seeing the orchids, learning about farming and most of all being able to get up on the combine harvest. We hope to visit you again in 2013". Maidstone Mind
"All my students had a lovely day". Active Lives