Children’s day out is a lesson in rural life
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.
Pupils from The Friars School in Ashford at last year’s Living Land event in Detling