Environmental education service at BEECHE

High Elms and the education centre

BEECHE (Bromley Environmental Education Centre at High Elms) is situated at the edge of High Elms Country Park. Covering over 100 hectares (250 acres) the park has a wide range of habitats, from woodlands, grasslands and hedgerows through to freshwater ponds. These provide an ideal resource for all kinds of environmental and fieldwork activities. It is also a site that is steeped in history, with remnants of Victorian gardens and has a close link with Darwin and his research.

Environmental education centre

The building is an amazing teaching resource as it has been built from locally sourced straw bales, within a Forestry Stewardship Council (FSC) certified timber frame. The roof is a 'living roof' with sedum plants providing a habitat in its own right; solar tubes allow natural light into the rooms.

The centre has two large teaching rooms with cloakroom and toilet facilities and is fully accessible. The educational side of the building has secure access and is only open to the public during weekends and the school holidays. The other part of the building comprises a cafe that is open to the public.

The staff are qualified teachers and in addition have expertise in Ecology and Environmental Science and by combining both specialisms, create interesting and enjoyable activities in the outdoor environment. They can also give advice on environmental issues and teaching resources and teachers can gain valuable in-service training themselves while on a visit with a group of pupils.

Environmental education service


Tel: 01689 860571

High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Orpington, BR6 7JH

Countryside and parks service


Tel: 01689 862815

Fax: 01689 861347

High Elms Country Park, Shire Lane, Orpington, BR6 7JH