Countryside event has schools queuing up to take part

Children's Countryside Day chairman Andrew Reed and committee member Laura Smales.
Children's Countryside Day chairman Andrew Reed and committee member Laura Smales.

An annual event which teachers children where their food comes from has been oversubscribed within four days of booking opening.

Children’s Countryside Day, organised by Glendale Agricultural Society, is aimed at primary school children aged between five and nine and has helped to educate more than 15,000 young people since it started 11 years ago.

This year’s event, which is free for schools to attend, was oversubscribed within four days of sending information packs to schools interested in taking part.

The Society has announced a new chairman and a new committee member to help organise the event.

Farmer Andrew Reed, who has been a committee member for a number of years, has been appointed chairman.

Laura Smales, from Bowsden, who works in her family farming business and is a mum of three, has joined the committee.

Andrew said: “As a farmer and therefore a producer of food, I am very proud to be associated with the Children’s Countryside Day which is a truly inspirational event for children. Since its inception 11 years ago we have given thousands of children a glimpse of rural life and the chance to find out where their food comes from. “

The day relies entirely on the goodwill of volunteers – around 250 on the day itself – to ensure it runs smoothly. It employs just one part-time member of staff, Ruth Oldfield, who organises the event in conjunction with the committee and volunteers.

She said: “Last year, children learnt about how milk is used to make cheese, butter and ice cream, and we’re now planning this year’s theme and interactive sessions that we’re confident will be just as successful.”