Farm team aims to har­vest a win

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - FRONT PAGE - by Nick Cullen

SCENES like th­ese have been a reg­u­lar fea­ture of life at the North School for more than 70 years, but with a de­ci­sion pend­ing on the fu­ture of the school’s farm, they could soon be a thing of the past.

While ed­u­ca­tion chiefs at Kent County Coun­cil de­bate whether to sell the farm for hous­ing, pupils are pre­par­ing their an­i­mals for com­pe­ti­tion at the County Show in Detling in July.

This year, the team from the school’s young farm­ers’ club will be tak­ing pigs, cows, lambs and rabbits to the show, to com­pete against other Kent schools in­clud­ing Brock­hill and Home­wood, and young farm­ers’ clubs such as Ash­ford and Acrise.

Three weeks ago, KCC cabi­net mem­ber for ed­u­ca­tion Cllr John Sim­monds vis­ited the farm him­self. A de­ci­sion on its fu­ture is ex­pected soon, with head teacher Les­ley El­lis ex­press­ing op­ti­mism that it will be kept.

Af­ter a cam­paign in the Ken­tish Ex­press last au­tumn, 2,000 read­ers signed a pe­ti­tion back­ing the farm.

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Emma Har­ris and Peter West make sure that Tiny Tim the dex­ter is look­ing his best for the show

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Lauren Daniel, Jor­dan Kitch­er­side, Lisa Wil­son and Am­ber Hol­lands with one of their South­down lambs

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Gemma Stephens with one of the show cows

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Cal­lum Til­bee with a large white cross and piglets

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