Farm team aims to harvest a win
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.
Emma Harris and Peter West make sure that Tiny Tim the dexter is looking his best for the show
Lauren Daniel, Jordan Kitcherside, Lisa Wilson and Amber Hollands with one of their Southdown lambs
Gemma Stephens with one of the show cows
Callum Tilbee with a large white cross and piglets