What we do
Wellbeing through nature
Improving lives through outdoor learning and connections with the natural world.
Outdoor learning for primary schools
Residential visits and drop in activities for schools. Our LOtC accredited centre delivers outdoor learning tailored to the needs of the class and their students.
Apprenticeships & internships
Education through practical, hands on experience. Possible career paths include: horticulture, sustainable building, business and education.
Skills for the long term unemployed
Voluntary training to help local people return to work. This includes NEETS, those with permanent disabilities and long-term ill health.
Outdoor learning for excluded students
Outdoor learning experiences for 14 to 18 years olds who are not so well suited to the classroom. We are running this programme in association with the John Muir Award and CCCU.
We are always keen to build partnerships with public and private sector organisations. To get involved as an organisation or to volunteer as an individual.
Facilities & educational team
We run recognised outdoor learning programmes, delivered by qualified staff across our two sites between Dover and Deal. All our facilities have educational and environmental accreditations.
The Pines Calyx
The Pines Calyx combines the healthiest environment with the lowest carbon footprint of any venue in the UK. Our ongoing research with interns and technology partners continue to assess the buildings effectiveness. This work continues to push the boundaries of sustainable building energy conservation. Find out more >>
Outdoor education experts
The Bay Trust has a dedicated team of qualified outdoor learning staff. The team work with teachers, schools and disadvantaged young people. They create bespoke education programmes, tailored to the learning needs of individual groups. Rippledown is proud to be accredited by the Council for Learning Outside the Classroom (LOtC).
A dedicated residential outdoor learning centre. Rippledown has comfortable hostel style accommodation for up to seventy-five people. Its extensive grounds and managed outdoor education spaces include a nature pond, a straw bale classroom, clay ovens, organic vegetable beds, recycling facilities and camp fire settings. Visit Rippledown >>
The Pines Garden
Six acres of organic parkland form a living classroom for volunteers and school groups to learn about sustainable living, permaculture and garden-to-plate cooking. The garden is a blend of beauty, innovation and sustainability. Its features include a lake, sensory garden, sustainability trail, grass labyrinth and organic kitchen garden. Visit the Pines Garden >>
The Pines Garden Tea Room
An award winning tea room at the heart of our ‘garden-to-plate’ food project. The Pines Garden produces salad and vegetables for the tea room in six plots and two polytunnels. By having a small changing menu the tearoom serves fresh food with as little waste as possible. We compost all organic vegetable waste in our wormery and put it back into the garden.
‘Steps Bank’ is a landscape regeneration project. The aim is to provide areas of woodland and grassland for education and recreation. Our staff and volunteers are clearing non-native tree species and scrub. Once achieved they will encourage indigenous trees, wildflowers and grasses. They are also creating habitats for native woodland and meadow wildlife.
What we are doing
We offer apprenticeships in horticulture that help to give people a new start in life through a mix of practical experience and paid-for studies. I spoke to two apprentices, past and present, to find out how they’ve benefited from their time here.read more
We’re saying goodbye to two of our residents this week as Lisa and Alice, our Mangalitsa pigs, are moving home. They’re off to a rare breed farm in Norfolk where they’ll help to ensure the survival of their line.read more
Volunteering brings many benefits, such as better health, learning something new, improving your existing skills and making friends. The Bay Trust has a team of volunteers who help out in a variety of ways. Anita Sedgewick spoke to some of them about why they chose...read more
Working in partnership
Here are some of the fantastic local and national organisations we are working with to achieve our aims.
Between Dover and Deal
Our facilities are located on two sites just 4 miles apart off the A258 between Dover and Deal.
Rippledown Outdoor Learning Centre