There's so much to learn!
Brogdale Collections is home to the National Fruit Collection, which is made up of over 4000 different varieties of apples, pears, plums, cherries, quince, hazelnuts and cobnuts and a variety of soft fruits.
We have over 150 acres including orchards, an interactive weather station, farmland and nature areas to explore. Come discover how fruit is grown and how climate and insects play their part. Education at Brogdale is fun and hands on!
We work with schools and education institutions, offering module days carefully tailored to the Key Stage 1 & 2 curriculum, giving children a fun and interactive day with practical demonstrations and experiences. Children can explore and learn in the environment of the National Fruit Collection, discovering its value as a resource as well as natures, insects and wildlife, evolution, fruit farming, food nutrition and climate.
If you can’t come to us, then we can come to you! As part of our charity funded education program, we can now provide free bespoke outreach sessions within your setting. Why not invite us to bring our juicers so your children can learn about how we grow our fruit, what it tastes like and have a go at juicing it. Or perhaps your focus might be on the lifecycle of flowering plants and we can explore the importance of bees as pollinators within fruit growing and maintaining biodiversity.
As part of our fundraising activities we are able to support schools travel costs to enable you to visit Brogdale Collections and the National Fruit Collection. We want everyone to have the opportunity to experience the farm and learn about fruit farming, pollination, nature, climate & weather, healthy eating and more. If your school qualifies for support Brogdale Collections can pay the cost of your coach hire or train tickets.
Contact the Brogdale Collections Education Officer to find out more.
Curriculum based Key Stage 1 & 2
Days run from aproximately 10am-2pm and include a morning & afternoon session. Lunch can be enjoyed in our picnic area & play park or inside in our classroom area.
Sessions are led by a Brogdale Collections Tutor and all learning materials are provided. The day will encompass fun educational hands on learning, discussions and interactive activities. Once the educational visit is booked teachers are provided with a complimentary pre-visit to discuss their requirements in more detail. Activities vary within the module depending on the age group visiting and topics being studied in school. All modules are suitable for KS1 & KS2 classes.
A whole day discovering fascinating lives of the plants & wildlife within the National Fruit Collection. Module Content: Plant growth • Seeds • Pollination • Mini Beasts Habitats • Cultivation • Lifecycles & Food Chains Blossom (April/May)
Measurements, Maps & Maths
Explore the National Fruit Collection using maths & geography skills in fun and practical ways.
Module Content: Map reading • Position & Direction • Geography of the Orchards • Weather & Climate • Tree Growth • Comparative Measurments • Gathering Data
Fruit and Harvest
Discover the National Fruit Collection during harvest time (Sept-Nov).
Module Content: Fruit Tasting from the Collection • The fruit Farming Process • Plant Varieties • Plant Growth • Seasons • Nutritional Content • The Role of Sugar
Learn about the impact weather has on the local, national and global environments. Use the interactive weather station to take your own measurements.
Module Content: Seasonal Change • Weather Observation • Growth of Plants • Role of the Sun • Measurements • Record Keeping • Global Change
Evolution & Inheritance
Discover the importance of evolution and adaptation amongst The National Fruit Collection’s 4000 varieties of fruit.
Module Content: Evolution of Fruit • Evolution of Plant Reproduction • Seed Dispersal • Plant adaptations • Geographical Locations • The future of Fruit
Spend a morning exploring our 150 acres of Orchard to learn how fruit is grown and the benefits of healthy eating. Then learn how to cook a simple dish to take home using fresh fruit.
Module Content: Farming • Plant growth • Healthy eating • Reading Skills • Measurements • Nutrition & Diet • Use of Kitchen Equipment & Utensils
Click on one of the below to find out more or book
10am – 2.30pm typically (flexible)
Free Coach & Car Parking
Shops & Restaurant
Outdoor Picnic Area
Indoor Group Space & Lunch Area
Disabled and Limited Mobility Access
Activities vary within the module content depending on the age group booked and what the group is learning at school
Module Days –
Minimum of 10 children
20+ children £6.00 per child
Under 20 children £8.50 per child
KS1 – 1 adult for every 6 children
KS2 – 1 adult for every 8 children
Home school groups are welcome. For groups of more than 30 students please call The Brogdale Collections Education Officer to discuss your requirements before booking.
T: 01795 536250
A: Education at Brogdale Collections
Brogdale Collections is a registered charity
Charity Number 1135678