A north Northumberland farming couple are leading the way in giving young people the chance to find out more about life on a farm.
Helen and John Renner are passionate about showing people the links between farming and the environment at North Bellshill Farm near Belford and they have recently opened a new education centre with the help of funding from Natural England’s Environmental Stewardship scheme.
The Hedgerow, built by a local builder and employing local tradesmen, was officially opened by Professor David Hill, deputy chairman of Natural England last week.
Thanks to funding from a Higher Level Stewardship scheme, Helen and John have been able to build the new education centre and also offer farm visits free of charge.
The centre has been designed and built with access for disability groups very much in mind and will help to open up the Northumberland countryside to a wide range of user groups.
Around 6,000 people have already visited the farm over the last seven years learning about the role that farmers play in food production and the protection of the environment.