Photo by Matt Pringle: May 2020

We are thrilled to be partnering with RSPB to renovate a derelict cottage deep in the middle of RSPB’s new reserve in the New Forest, Hampshire, Franchises Lodge, to create a unique residential educational facility. 

Booking Cameron's Cottage

The RSPB are finalising their new website and it will be up and running soon. In the meantime, please email: cameronscottage@rspb.org.uk for enquiries. 

Rates are £15 pppn with a minimum booking of 8 young people. The Cottage can accommodate up to 19 people, including leaders in 5 bedrooms. Additional discounts are available for groups who meet certain financial requirements.

Activities include:

  • nature: bioblitz, bat detecting moth trapping, wildlife walk, cameron trapping
  • team building: slacklining, blind fold trail, team all maze, wild art
  • survival skills: outdoor cooking, kelly kettles, shelter building, pioneering, navigation

Artist's impression

How the site will look once the project is complete:

Illustration: Moorhouse Architecture

Bird's eye view

Take an aerial tour around Cameron's Cottage and the surrounding forest:

Latest news:

 

Building work continues at speed

05 February 2021

Wow, what progress. I was blown away with how much work has been done and what a hive of activity was on site. In a time when so much can sadly not happen, it was so wonderful to see this incredible progress. The construction company AV Developments have done an awesome job inspite of everything.

The place has taken on a new dimension and you can get such a real sense of what it will be like when groups of young people come and stay. The RSPB have the most beautiful reserve in the New Forest and we are just thrilled to partner with them on this exciting project.

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Front view of Cameron's Cottage

Front view of Cameron's Cottage

Front view of Cameron's Cottage

Solar panel supports

Front view of Cameron's Cottage

Cameron's Cottage with extension and Field Study Centre

Front view of Cameron's Cottage

Field study centre

Front view of Cameron's Cottage

Room with a view, from the field study centre

Front view of Cameron's Cottage

Interior of Cameron's Cottage

Front view of Cameron's Cottage

Interior of Cameron's Cottage


Steady Progress

01 December 2020

Construction work is progressing steadily. The foundations have now been laid for the extension as well as the new free-standing Field Study Centre.  

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Construction work is progressing steadily

Construction work is progressing steadily

Construction work is progressing steadily

Foundations have been laid for extension and field study centre


Builders on site and renovation begins!

26 October 2020

What an incredible day. We are thrilled to announce that the builders are on site and renovation work has started at Cameron’s Cottage.

This magical place will be given a new lease of life and will soon be occupied by young people from all walks of life. RSBP have selected AV Developments to carry out the work, together with SA-Energy, responsible for renewables and Moorhouse Architects. They will renovate the Cottage, build an extension as well as construct a Field Study Centre.  

This low-impact renovation will provide a residential educational base for small groups from schools, colleges, universities andother organisations.  This RSPB Cottage in memory of Cameron, will provide nature-based activities that will fascinate budding naturalists to encourage a life-long love an understanding of nature and the environment.

Estimated completion: spring/summer 2021.  

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Young Ambassador Alex in front of scaffolding

Young Ambassador Alex in front of scaffolding

Young Ambassador Alex in front of scaffolding

Franca’s bug hotel being built


 

Cameron's Cottage

Read all about how we came to be partnering with the RSPB to create this wonderful retreat and learning centre deep in the New Forest.

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Cameron's Cottage Video

Young Ambassador Amy Hall has produced a great video of Cameron’s Cottage before the work begins. Take a look at this magical place, immersed in nature and nestled in the woodlands of RSPB Franchises Lodge in the New Forest.    

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Garfield Weston

Thank you to Garfield Weston for their generous support.

Garfield Weston Foundation