Chil­dren’s day out is a les­son in rural life

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - COUNTRYFILE -

MORE than 4,000 pri­mary school pupils from 105 schools across Kent are booked to travel to the county show­ground in Detling to­day (Thurs­day) to learn about their roots.

The an­nual Liv­ing Land event, which is or­gan­ised by Kent County Agri­cul­tural So­ci­ety, aims to teach seven to nineyear-olds about farm­ing and the coun­try­side through a variety of hands-on demon­stra­tions and dis­plays.

Many of those at­tend­ing will be from ur­ban ar­eas and the so­ci­ety feels it is vi­tal they have the op­por­tu­nity to learn about dif­fer­ent as­pects of farm­ing, hor­ti­cul­ture, con­ser­va­tion and the en­vi­ron­ment.

The chil­dren and their teach­ers will be guided around the huge show­ground by agri­cul­tural stew­ards.

They will dis­cover the dif­fer­ent ar­eas, in­clud­ing the farm­ing zone, the hor­ti­cul­ture zone, the forestry zone, the ma­chin­ery zone and the live­stock zone.

The char­ity Farm­ing and Coun­try­side Ed­u­ca­tion, which aims to teach chil­dren about food, farm­ing and the coun­try­side, has fi­nalised the ed­u­ca­tional con­tent of the day, which will cover parts of the Na­tional Cur­ricu­lum.

Sheep­dogs, rural crafts, coun­try pur­suits and farm equip­ment will be among the sub­jects the young­sters will learn about.

There will be dis­plays by the Work­ing Horse Trust, Kent Bee­keep­ers’ As­so­ci­a­tion, dairy farmer Nick Leg­gatt and far­rier Paul Stern.

Kent Young Farm­ers will also be there, along with some of their live­stock, to teach the chil­dren about an­i­mal wel­fare and hus­bandry and help guide them from one ac­tiv­ity to an­other.

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Pupils from The Fri­ars School in Ash­ford at last year’s Liv­ing Land event in Detling

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