Philippa takes the reins of flagship countryside day

Philippa Shell of the Glendale Agricultural Society
Philippa Shell of the Glendale Agricultural Society

A flagship children’s event has a new manager.

The Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) has appointed Philippa Shell as event manager to run its multi-award-winning Children’s Countryside Day.

Each year hundreds of children from all over the region are introduced to the many different aspects of the countryside including farming and the production and preparation of food at the event, held near Wooler.

Philippa, a farmer’s daughter born and brought up in the Ingram Valley, graduated from the University of East Anglia with a degree in ecology in 2009, after studying at the Duchess’s Community High School in Alnwick.

Since leaving university she has worked with horses, shearing teams and lambing.

Her role in the Children’s Countryside Day is built on an extensive experience of working for GAS over the years.

She was a steward in the equine section of Glendale Show from 2003 until 2011, when she joined the show committee. In 2013, she was invited to join the management committee and took over the role of chief equine steward.

Philippa said: “My role is to coordinate the day – everything from tents to stewards, from transport to arranging demonstrations and most importantly organising funding to keep the event going.

“The Children’s Countryside Day is a great experience for the children, many of whom think that food only comes from supermarkets and have no idea what lies beneath.

“In addition it helps encourage a new generation to appreciate the countryside, as a place to visit, and as somewhere they could work.”