Children set to learn about rural life in the countryside

Emma Fairbairn and Kirsty Meek of YoungsRPS show off their miniature farm at the 2015 Children's Countryside Day.
Emma Fairbairn and Kirsty Meek of YoungsRPS show off their miniature farm at the 2015 Children's Countryside Day.

Youngsters will get the chance to learn about life in rural Northumberland at the annual Children’s Countryside Day organised by the Glendale Agricultural Society.

Now in its 12th year, the innovative education initiative will take place at the traditional Glendale Show site on Thursday, June 9.

This year’s theme will be farming through the years, with the focus on the importance of women in agriculture. This year will also see the introduction of an equine area, a first for the event, which is certain to be a big hit with the children.

More than 17,000 North East schoolchildren aged from five to nine have had the opportunity to come along and take part in this unique experience since its launch.

Farming practices have seen huge developments over the years, but the principles remain the same. This year, more than 1,500 children will explore how food production has evolved to keep up with an expanding population, together with learning how women in agriculture have been the cornerstone of the farming industry in Northumberland.

Children from 41 schools in Northumberland and North Tyneside will be invited to design a shopping bag, showing historic farming on one side and modern-day farming on the other.

Designs may be taken from the entries to be incorporated into the society’s very own recyclable shopping bag.

Philippa Shell, who organises the day with a committee and team of dedicated volunteers, said: “Tying in with the theme of this year’s annual Glendale Show, the year of the lady, which takes place in Wooler on August Bank Holiday, we will be taking the opportunity to celebrate women in agriculture at this year’s Children’s Countryside Day.”

“The ethos of the day is to educate children in a fun and interactive way and the day is always a huge success, the feedback we get from the schools is amazing.”