We are thrilled to announce that we are open! Cameron’s Cottage, nestled in the RSPB Franchises Lodge reserve, has had a complete make-over from derelict cottage to a phenomenal residential education retreat.

In partnership with the RSPB, we were able to fulfill our vision to create a place where young people can be immersed in nature.  We are so grateful to everyone for the tremendous support you have offered us over these last years to enable this to happen. 

Cameron’s Cottage is completely off-grid with heating and electricity provided by solar power, so it really is the ultimate nature experience

Beth Markey, RSPB

The Cottage, which sleeps up to 19 people, has been renovated to create a sustainable place where groups of young people can experience and learn about the natural world. 

Booking Cameron's Cottage

For more information about booking Cameron's Cottage please visit the the RSPB website.

Book Cameron's Cottage


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
  • team building: slacklining, blind fold trail, team all maze, wild art
  • survival skills: outdoor cooking, kelly kettles, shelter building, pioneering, navigation

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


 

Generous Support

Thank you to Garfield Weston and the National Lottery Heritage fund for their generous support.

Garfield Weston Foundation

   

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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Birds Eye View

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