THE LAND LABORATORY
Our Eyam Edge site is a wild and wonderful off-grid site in the heart of The Peak District National Park. We are developing this exciting location into a farm and centre for outdoor learning.
At the heart of our philosophy is PSTE. Students learn green woodwork skills, horticulture, animal husbandry, woolcraft and a host of other crafts. Examples of how we put these principles into practice are available on our projects page.
We have collected a range of outdoor learning documents and resources you can access here
Our Eyam site sits above the village of Eyam at Highcliffe. It's an appropriate name, as we are 1300ft above sea level on the top of Eyam Edge. This steep escarpment marks the division between the 'White Peak' and the 'Dark Peak' From a geological perspective the bedrock of the 'White Peak' is limestone, whereas the bedrock of the 'Dark Peak' is gritstone, a form of sandstone traditionally used to make grindstones.
Students visiting the site need to be prepared for our wild location. Boots, gloves, warm hats and coats are all recommended items in the winter. Sun protection is also important throughout the year.
Projects & Plans
We are always working on great learning projects at Eyam. Some of them can be found here
There is a wealth of evidence that learning in the outdoors is hugely important for child development. Our belief is that many aspects of the curriculum can be delivered through close contact with nature and through the many practical projects we undertake. Find out more.
'Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating; there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.' John Ruskin Get advice on appropriate clothing here.
One of the joys of the Eyam site is the passing of the seasons and the differences that brings. Working and learning outdoors is the only way to connect with this changing environment.
Website by Jim Hildyard
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