Primary pupils get grounding in farm facts

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Pupils from Broughton Primary School were among more than 150 Borders children learning about the industry near West Linton last week.

The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET) and the producers held workshop based activities at Netherurd House last Wednesday.

RHET’s Lesley Mason said: “The objective was to provide a ‘hands on’ educational experience for the 155 invited pupils by exposing them to elements of local farming and food production. A range of activities and discussions exploring different types of farming and associated food products enabled pupils to learn where their food comes from.”

Pupils from Newlands and St Ronans schools, and others, learned about tractors and farm machinery and dairy, beef, sheep, venison, crops and cereal production.

Ms Mason said: “Food and farming days are designed to give pupils a better awareness of where the food on their plate is produced, plus the importance of the Scottish countryside. These events are an effective and fun supplement to a farming or healthy eating topic in school and support the Curriculum for Excellence.

“We had a fantastic day. After a downpour as the buses arrived, we spent the rest of the day enjoying beautiful sunshine, which meant the pupils could be outside for all the activities.”