Held every other year, the event aims to educate and inspire children about where their food comes from and the opportunities available in the countryside; whether for a career or leisure.
Countryside Day 2015 was held at the North Somerset Showground on July 8th.
2,600 school children from Bristol and North Somerset attended the day and learned about different aspects of the journey their food takes from plough to plate. Pupils met a variety of animals in the ‘farmyard’, watched working demonstrations of mowing, baling, combining, milling, milking, butter making and eggs hatching. They were shown sides of meat, different varieties of vegetables and learnt about the many uses of wool.
An area was provided to give an idea of the huge range of traditional rural crafts which are still being practised to varying degrees today. These included felt making, dry stone walling, iron working, stick making and many others.
The Society is very grateful to all of our generous sponsors and volunteers without whom we could not put on this very enjoyable event and provide this valuable learning experience for free to Primary School children in Bristol and North Somerset.
The Society believes that educating future generations about the importance of agriculture is crucial in the face of ever worsening food security and the threats to food supplies from climate change and an ever increasing population.
Countryside Day is kindly sponsored by:
Bristol Corn & Feed Trade Assocation
Dame Violet Wills Charitable Trust
Debbie Fortune Estate Agents
The Elmgrant Trust
The Fairfield Charitable Trust
The Society of Merchant Venturers
Spielman Charitable Trust
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