Pupils get in touch with the countryside at showground event

Darren Cool - 07792308722 - www.dcoolimages.com'Education day at the South of England show where schools come in and take part in various activities and hold animals and learn a little more about agriculture. SUS-150723-163540001
Darren Cool - 07792308722 - www.dcoolimages.com'Education day at the South of England show where schools come in and take part in various activities and hold animals and learn a little more about agriculture. SUS-150723-163540001

Children from Grovelands Community Primary School, in Hailsham, were among thousands of pupils to take part in a scheme aimed at helping them connect with the countryside.

Children aged ten and 11 visited Ardingly Showground on July 16 to learn more about where their food comes from and all aspects of rural life.

Now in its tenth year, Connect with the Countryside has given more than 20,000 pupils and teachers a better understanding of issues faced in the countryside.

Each year, more than 100 volunteers from the South of England Agricultural Society and around 50 organisations and exhibitors give their time and support for free to help the event run smoothly.

The day includes four aspects; Livestock, where children met a range of farm animals, including Sussex Beef bulls and chickens; Horticulture and Food, where children learn about healthy food, tasting local tomatoes and peppers, fresh milk and honey and discovering how sausages, bread and butter are made; and two Wildlife and Recreation zones which cover important countryside topics, such as nature conservation, forestry and countryside sports.

Children were also treated to a sheep show, including sheep shearing, a pony club display, a birds of prey demonstration and countryside crafts, including making corn dollies.

Teachers interested in signing up Year 5 or Year 6 classes for next year’s scheme, contact Debbie Wood at education@seas.org.uk.

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