Two thousand, three hundred children aged ten and eleven, from 51 schools across Sussex and Surrey, visited the Ardingly Showground today last Thursday to discover more about where their food comes from and all aspects of rural life.
At the seventh Connect with the Countryside Day, pupils and their teachers had a brilliant day in the sunshine gaining a better understanding of countryside issues, thanks to more than 100 volunteers from the South of England Agricultural Society.
Four special zones included livestock, where children met a range of farm animals, from Sussex Beef bulls to chickens; horticulture and food, where children learnt about healthy food, tasted local tomatoes, fresh milk and honey and discovered how sausages, bread and butter are made and two wildlife and recreation zones which also offered important countryside topics such as nature conservation, forestry and countryside sports.
The Sheep Show, ( including sheep shearing,) a Pony Club display and a birds of prey demonstration also delighted the children.
Derek Cleaver, spokesman for the Society’s education committee said: “This exciting, interactive day, offered free to schools, captures the very essence of the Society’s charitable and educational aims and we would like to thank all who helped to make it such a success today.”
East Sussex schools involved in the day included St Philips Catholic Primary School, Uckfield and Broad Oak CEPrimary School.