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Trent Estate’s countryside charity Ernest Cook Trust sees surge in visitor numbers

By Dadcock  |  Posted: February 11, 2014

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The education trust that manages Trent Estate near Sherborne is celebrating a rise in visits by children.

The Ernest Cook Trust has seen a surge in demand for its free outdoor education programmes for youngsters.

Visits to its estates nationally have soared from 10,000 children in 2009 to more than 25,000 in the last academic year.

The Trent Estate welcomed around 4,000 children last year.

ECT’s chief executive Nicholas Ford said: “This is a very significant milestone for the Ernest Cook Trust and it’s really pleasing to see that demand for the work we do, helping children to learn from the land, is steadily increasing among schools.”

The Trust is one of the UK’s leading educational charities and is rooted in the conservation and management of the countryside.

It owns and manages 22,000 acres in England where children can learn through hands-on educational opportunities.

Each year the trustees distribute £1.8million in educational grants to benefit children and young people.

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