Schools flock to Countryside Day

Children's Countryside Day'St Michael's, Alnwick with their scarecrow'Picture by Jane Coltman
Children's Countryside Day'St Michael's, Alnwick with their scarecrow'Picture by Jane Coltman

Youngsters learned just where their food comes from at a day out in the countryside.

Nearly 1,500 children gathered to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Children’s Countryside Day earlier this month.

Hosted by Glendale Agricultural Society, the event teaches children from across Northumberland and North Tyneside about farming, food and the environment.

Forty schools attended the free day in Wooler, which had the theme Fun In the Field.

The chairman of Children’s Countryside Day, Johnny Renner, said: “We have had another fantastic day.

“The overall aim of the Glendale Agricultural Society is for the day to continue to educate, evolve and highlight the existing changing face of framing and the countryside.”

Before the event, children were asked to design an environmentally-friendly scarecrow and bring it along for the competition.

TV presenter John Grundy was there to judge the designs, which included Cruella De Vil, First World War nurse Edith Cowell and a tin man.

Stobhillgate First School, Morpeth, came out on top with their Pink Lady while Coquet Park First School came second and Tweedmouth West First School were third.

A new addition to this year’s event was the dairy tent where the children learnt that their milk, cheese and ice cream does not originate from the supermarket.

There were also butchers and bread makers on hand to educate the children and get them involved.

The livestock sections proved popular too as the children could get up close and personal with pigs, lambs and chicks.

There was an impressive array of farming machinery on display, with everything from tractors and harvesters to a precision soil sampler.

In all, 65 exhibitors and 250 volunteers gave up their time to give the visitors an insight into the rural life and just under £30,000 was raised to fund the infrastructure of the event, thanks to donations from sponsors and local trust funds.

Any schools interested in attending next year’s event should contact Ruth Oldfield on 01668 283868.