Countryside learning ‘brilliant’ experience

Pupils from St Nicolas and St Mary CofE Primary School in Shoreham learn how to lay hedges with Martin Robinson
Pupils from St Nicolas and St Mary CofE Primary School in Shoreham learn how to lay hedges with Martin Robinson
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CHILDREN from Shoreham and Upper Beeding learned where their food comes from and all aspects of rural life at a schools countryside day.

A total of 2,300 pupils aged ten and 11 from 51 schools across Sussex and Surrey gathered at Ardingly Showground with their teachers for the event on Thursday, July 18.

Among them were children from St Nicolas and St Mary Primary School, in Eastern Avenue, Shoreham, and Upper Beeding Primary School, in School Road, Upper Beeding.

It was the seventh Connect with the Countryside Day, offering a better understanding of countryside issues, thanks to more than 100 volunteers from the South of England Agricultural Society.

Andrew Hughes, assistant head teacher at Upper Beeding Primary, said:“It’s a brilliant day. We come here every year just for the children to experience rural life and agriculture and this day brings all that – we are a rural school but a lot of our children still don’t come into contact with the surrounding countryside.”

Children met a range of farm animals in the livestock zone, and tasted local tomatoes, fresh milk and honey in the horticulture and food zone.

Two wildlife and recreation zones focused on nature conservation, forestry and countryside sports.

There was also a sheep show, with sheep shearing, a Pony Club display and birds of prey demonstration.

Derek Cleaver, from the society’s education committee, said: “This exciting, interactive day, offered free to schools, captures the very essence of the society’s charitable and educational aims and we would like to thank all who helped to make it such a success.”