Queens Award for Voluntary Service

Children and Schools

Very well organised enthusiastic people. Very well cared for nature reserve.” (St Lukes CE School).

Fantastic hands-on learning. The children experienced a local environment which some did not know was on their doorstep.” (Dallas CP School)

educational visits

The Fairfield Association welcomes visits to the Nature Reserve and Orchard by schools, Cubs, Beavers, Brownies and other community groups. The Orchard has lots to see and study.

It includes

  • Wildflowers
  • Hedgerows
  • Native trees and fruit trees
  • Invertebrates
  • Birds
  • Butterflies


Safe and accessible

  • The Orchard is is situated within easy and safe walking distance of our local schools and nurseries.
  • The site covers some 2 acres (0.8 Ha), is bounded by hedgerow and is an environment in which children can work in safety.
  • The site is level with accessible paths, a few benches and a log circle as a place to base activities or take a well deserved break.

Free tuition

  • We are extremely fortunate to have access to funding with which we can provide FREE tuition during your visit.
  • This is delivered by qualified, experienced and enthusiastic tutors.

Early year explorations

  • Some of the KS1 and KS2 curriculum areas for which the site is ideally suited include Science and Environment, Art, Literacy, Geography, Mapwork and Community studies.
  • It is also an excellent place for Cubs, Beavers and Brownies to work towards badges and awards.


  • We have a selection of equipment for use during your visit.
  • These include binoculars, collecting pots, identification sheets and age appropriate worksheets.

Find out more

School Visits

You can arrange for tutored sessions led by our experienced leaders. So leave the planning to us and come and enjoy exciting and stimulating activities in support of your school curriculum.

Alternatively, you can of course come and do your own activities.

School Visit Information

Cubs, Brownies and Beaver Visits

We have qualified, knowledgeable and enthusiastic leaders who can tailor activities to your individual group’s needs.

Just let us know the sort out activities you would like and let us do the planning.

More informati0n

How to find us

The Fairfield Reserve and Orchard are situated on the SW edge of Lancaster within easy and safe walking distance of local schools, the city centre and the railway station.

Risk Assessment

It is recommended that teachers and group leaders make a visit of their own prior to bringing their students .

It is the responsibility of the visiting group to do a Risk Assessment of their own prior to the visit. We can provide a generic Risk Assessment on which you can base your own assessment.

Independent Visits

You and your school or group are very welcome to make independent visits to the Orchard whenever you wish.

If you intend to make a visit without our input, it would be helpful if you could let us know when you intend to do this, in order to avoid visiting when another group is here.