Farmer John Renner has been appointed chairman of a major project to educate children about the countryside.
He is the new chairman of Glendale Agricultural Society’s Children’s Countryside Day committee.
Over the last decade, the countryside day has educated more than 15,000 children from dozens of schools across the region about the origins of their food and the importance of farming and the countryside in their everyday lives.
John has a lifetime’s knowledge of farming. He farms with his wife at Bellshill, near Belford, a 237-acre traditional mixed farm.
He is also a member of Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) and regularly hosts school visits.
He said: “It is an honour to be chair of the children’s countryside day committee in this its tenth year.
“This really is an exceptional educational event and one which is continually evolving to meet the needs of the curriculum, the children and the changing rural economy,
“My aim is to build on its success. I would like to encourage more inner city schools to attend and for the children not just to learn about the countryside but for farmers and rural businesses to showcase the diverse range of careers that are available.”
The day attracts more than 60 local businesses and community-led organisations to demonstrate their skills and crafts to educate children, ranging from beekeeping and arable farming to butchery and game keeping.