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Borders Union Agricultural Society


Case Study Countryside Day Borders Union Agricultural Society www.helpingithappen.co.uk
Case Study Countryside Day The Border Union Agricultural Society established the Schools Countryside Day in 2013, now in its sixth year, with the aim to educate young people on food and farming. This year saw more than 1,200 children from over 60 schools attend and take part in various activities and demonstrations.

Covering a wide range of rural topics, from veterinary work, auctioneering, conservation, honey production, butchery, sheep shearing, spinning and weaving as well as giving every local child a taste of the country.

The day brings together a huge range of people involved in the Borders countryside and related industries and helps with a sense of community and sense of worth for their roles in feeding the nation, such as through primary production of added value processing, and how the landowners and farmers are preserving this beautiful landscape.

The children were able to witness all the work undertaken in the countryside, from horses being shod, sheep being shorn, and sheep dog demonstrations as well getting to explore some of the many agricultural vehicles used in farming. They were taught how bees can make honey, and how the rainfall creates the rivers, and the risks of flooding as a result, seeing the inter-relationship of how the countryside and environment works.
Inspiring children, parents and teachers alike, Ronald Wilson, secretary of the Border Union Agricultural Society described the day as “a wonderful educational experience for all of these children, and the noise and bustle of activity was a backdrop to a huge number of activities, all centred around showing them the wonderful environment in which they live”.
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