For the second year in a row Countryside Learning Scotland received an enquiry from Coupar Angus Primary School wanting their pupils to visit an arable farm and for the second year running Will Henderson who farms at Leystone, near Burrelton, obliged.
Full of enthusiasm but slightly anxious that there would not be enough to interest the children, Will labelled his fields with the names of the crops and prepared examples of grain that the group could handle. He also had a board displaying species of birds and suffice to say, the staff and pupils had a great day.
They began with a tour of the farm, visiting each field learning to recognise the different crops and what they are used for. The potatoes were not quite ready for harvesting but Will told the group they could hand dig them, much to the delight of the children. Then it was a wildlife walk, spotting broom and gorse, hawthorn and sycamore and considering the different species of bird that live in the hedgerow.
There was a discussion about organic farming as Will had a field of organic carrots and he explained how they are harvested. They watched a demonstration of farm workers hand weeding the vegetables and then back at the barn, after a quick sit in a tractor the children all got back on the bus with a souvenir potato! Countryside Learning Scotland would like to thank Will Henderson for his support over the last couple of years; the whole school and many of the teachers can now recognise the difference between wheat, barley and oats.