Funding for children’s country day

An educational experience offered free to school children across Northumberland and North Tyneside has been given a cash boost.

The Glendale Agricultural Society’s Children’s Countryside Day has received funding from Berwick-based Silvery Tweed Cereals.

Since it began 11 years ago, £175,000 has been raised from grants and sponsors to run the event, which teaches children where their food comes from.

Organiser Ruth Oldfield said: “From the outset the Society has had to raise funds to enable children to have a first-hand experience of rural life and an insight into the importance of farming and the countryside. .

“We are always looking for sponsors and sources of funding as this ensures that future school children can continue to attend the event for free.”

Such is the success of the event, this year it was over-subscribed in a record four days of being open to local schools.