Bromley’s Environmental Education Centre at High Elms (BEECHE) is a place where people of all ages and backgrounds can pursue their interests in Science, Nature, Art, Philosophy, Literature and Music in an awe inspiring landscape of woodlands, grasslands and ponds.

Drawing on our rich heritage as part of the Lubbock estate, where Charles Darwin spent many years developing his theories we take a “Head, Hearts & Hands” approach to our educational activities.

We offer a wide range of programmes delivered in single 2 hour (half day) or double 2 hour (full day) sessions, all of which are designed to promote learning outcomes within the National Curriculum from EYFS to KS5.

For details on our sessions for EYFS to KS5, please contact us at beeche@idverde.co.uk or on 07483094445.

Prices are based on the cost of the instructor not per child, for prices and example sessions we lead see our brochure here: Schools & education programme 2020 -21

We have a whole range of exciting public events throughout the year. Check out our events page for whats’ on now.

Woodland Explorers 

Woodland Explorers is a toddler group running for over three years which provides a forest school experience for children age 18 months to school age. We explore the High Elms woods with activities such as bug hunting, mud painting, den building and more.

Birthday parties can be offered all year round (Pond dipping and Mini Beast parties can only be held March-October). We offer a variety of party packages suitable for various age ranges. A party consists of a 2 hour session led by instructors and half hour room hire after party for food and birthday cake (food is not included). Person organising the party can access the room half an hour before party to set up and decorate and have access to room for half an hour after to clear up (have use of room for a total of 3.5 hours).

Are you looking for an adventurous, outdoor birthday party? We can offer a bespoke, outdoor birthday party for your child featuring nature trails, pond dipping and a Mini Beasts safari.  The woodland is an excellent resource and your imagination is the limit!

We also offer tailored parties based around a theme such as woodland pirates, dinosaur adventures, magical quests, obstacle course building and scrap heap challenge! Find out more details on our Birthday Parties brochure.

If you wish to enquire about or book a Birthday Party please e-mail beeche@idverde.co.uk or phone 01689 860571 to discuss availability and the theme of your child’s party.

We provide a unique relaxing location that can be hired for meetings, conferences, functions and corporate events. This great venue is in the heart of High Elms Country Park and is available to book throughout the year. Rates start from just £20 plus VAT per hour and £70 plus VAT for the day (up to 6hrs). Check out our case study here

We host many young people (16+) for up to two weeks at a time to undertake work experience as part of their school curriculum. Suitable for anyone with an interest in education, ecology, biodiversity or habitat management and conservation. We aim to give young people a valuable and lasting experience. We will always try to accommodate learners where possible, but we are limited in the volume of students we are able to host.

Learn about the nature of Bromley in our suite of new one day courses. You can find the 2020 list of short courses in the link provided, in 2021 we hope to run similar courses: short courses 2020 info.

For further information you can contact us via email –  beeche@idverde.co.uk or phone – 07483094445. Booking is essential for all short courses.

We are happy to hear from both groups and individuals looking for a way to achieve volunteering hours for your Duke of Edinburgh Award. We may refer you to a local friends group if you are interested in volunteering in local parks.

To find out how you can get involved, please email us at beeche@idverde.co.uk and add the opportunity in the subject line, we look forward to hearing from you!

Find out about the Lubbock family as part of the history of High Elms Country Park and buy some wonderful nature gifts for adults and children!

Our Visitor Centre and Shop based at BEECHE are open at the weekends 11am until 4pm. You can see what we have in stock here.

We also have a whole range of exciting public events throughout the year. Check out our events page for whats’ on now.

For any questions about our sessions, please contact us at beeche@idverde.co.uk or on 01689860571.

We offer sessions aimed specifically at children who are formally home schooled, with sessions that follow a mini-course or standalone sessions to help children get engaged with the outdoors. Our two courses are Darwin’s Apprentices for 8-12 year olds, and Curious Foxes for 5-7 year olds.

Find all of our current Home Education offerings on our bookings page.