Pupils go green at Countryside Day

Around 1,650 pupils from 40 schools descended on rural Northumberland for the annual Children’s Countryside Day.

By The Newsroom
Friday, 07 June, 2019, 15:13

The 15th staging of the event at Wooler showground was hailed a great success by organisers, Glendale Agricultural Society.

Focusing on the Year of Green Action, each and every school child learnt about the natural environment, the importance of countryside to everyday life, including farming and the benefits of a healthy environment.

Each school was invited to design a flag representing the theme. The calibre of flags was outstanding, with first prize going to Prudhoe Castle First School, second to Otterburn First School and third to West Jesmond. Each was presented with a shrub to take back to their school, donated by Glendale Garden Centre.

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Pupils were able to witness everything from combines to crop seeds, timber to tractors, donkeys to demonstrations, robots to rare breeds, and water to wool, including a mini farm. Over 60 exhibitors attended.

The theme was chosen by Northumberland National Park. Tony Gates, Park chief executive, said: “The Year of Green Action aims to improve everyone’s understanding of the environment, the benefits a healthy environment can bring, and the effect of their actions on the natural world.

“This was Northumberland National Park’s ambition to offer every school age child in Northumberland the opportunity to take part in a learning experience linked to the unique landscape and heritage in the National Park.”