ED1: Educational access

Find out about eligibility and requirements for the educational access option.

How much will be paid

£290 per visit.

Where to use this option

Available for Higher Tier

How this option will benefit the environment

It lets school pupils visit the farm for educational experiences. It also allows for the hosting of care farming visits.

If successful there will be positive feedback on the farm visit evaluation form.


Agreement holders are likely to need to:

  • carry out a health and safety check and prepare a risk assessment for the farm, then give this to potential group leaders
  • complete the online Farm Facts Template for the farm within 3 months of the start of the agreement
  • carry out enough promotion so that at least 1 and at most 25 group visits happen every year
  • make sure the tour of the farm lasts at least 2 hours and is conducted by a member of farm staff or volunteer who suits the visitors’ needs
  • make sure the tour explains the links between farming, conservation and food production using the agreement land as a classroom
  • complete and submit ‘Farm Visit Evaluation’ online forms for each visit claimed

Do not:

  • charge for visits
  • receive any other direct income from government funds relating to the educational visit

Keeping records

Agreement holders will to need to keep the following records and supply them on request:

  • copies of the standard farm visit evaluation form with promotional material submitted annually with claim
  • copy of the farm facts leaflet submitted with first claim
  • copy of the risk assessment and health and safety check on request

This option can be located with all other options, items and supplements.

Advice and suggestions for how to carry out this option

The following section gives advice on carrying out this option successfully but does not form part of the requirements for this option

Get letters of support

When applying for this option applicants should supply letters of support from 3 or more local schools or care service providers (such as care homes, mental health care providers).

The letters must show a desire to visit the farm for educational experiences.

Carrying out visits

It is acceptable to use all or part of the farm for visits. Neighbouring land can be used if it offers additional benefit.

Visits should aim to last at least 2 hours and involve at least 6 attendees. There is no upper restriction on visitor numbers or length of time a visit lasts.

These groups and individuals are eligible for visits:

  • schools and other educational establishments for children from birth to the end of Key Stage 4 (age 16)
  • care farming parties or individuals

Parties should not be split into smaller groups and claims presented for each group. Parties can be split for tours, but it is only possible to claim one visit for the total number of visitors on the holding at the same time.

This is still the case if the visitors come from different establishments.

Further information

The following websites have useful information on how to host a farm visit:

  • Visit My Farm has resources for land managers to support educational visits, ideas for successful visits, health and safety information and suggestions on how to maximise visitor numbers and enjoyment
  • Care Farming UK offers support and resources on the therapeutic use of farms
  • Farming and Countryside Education educates children and young people about food and farming in a sustainable countryside
  • Linking Environment and Farming works to build public understanding of food and farming

See the Higher Tier manual to find out more about the scheme and how to apply.

Published 2 April 2015
Last updated 29 March 2016 + show all updates
  1. Information updated for applications in 2016.
  2. First published.