Month: October 2013

The Crown Estate supports Kids Country Education Programme

The Crown Estate supports Kids Country Education Programme

 

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The Crown Estate has pledged £500 to the East of England Agricultural Society’s Kids Country Education Programme.   The money will allow over 200 pupils from schools neighbouring The Crown Estate’s Holmewood Estate near Peterborough to travel to the East of England Smithfield Festival on December 5th and 6th 2013 to learn about food, farming and the countryside.

At the festival schools will come together to participate in educational activities, learn about the origins of the food we eat and ultimately teach children about healthy eating.  Pupils will have the opportunity to get up close with sheep and cattle, learn about cuts of meat, the by-products that come from animals and the strict guidelines for famers which assure high standards of food production.

Robin Clarke, The Crown Estate’s Rural and Coastal Portfolio Manager in the East of England, said:

‘As one of the largest rural landowners in the UK, farming is at the core of our business. We see the important contribution our tenant farmers make to the nation on a daily basis and believe that the East of England Agricultural Society’s Kids Country Education Programme provides a fantastic opportunity for the next generation to learn about the work that goes into food production.’

Jeremy Staples, East of England Agricultural Society Chief Executive, said:

‘I would like to thank The Crown Estate for supporting the Kids Country Education Programme. Everyone involved is truly passionate about ensuring children understand the countryside, farming and food. To have The Crown Estate support our project is a fantastic boost and the financial contribution will help make this wonderful opportunity more affordable to young learners.’

A fruitful day for children at the Autumn Show

A fruitful day for children at the Autumn Show

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The Kids Country area was teeming with parents and children who took their interesting ideas and armed themselves with cocktail sticks to craft them into fruit and vegetable masterpieces.

The Veg Art Competition was full of wonderful entries and most charming of all were the bugs, birds of prey and a tortoise which subsequently won 1st 2nd and 3rd prizes judged by Matthew from Peterborough Environment City Trust.

Boys and girls had the opportunity to ask our volunteers about the different types of fruit and vegetables adding a variety of new words to their vocabulary and with any luck exciting healthy foods to their palate.

Fruit and Vegetables included: parsnips, snap peas, lemons, beetroot any many more provided by Ben Harris at Lincolnshire Food Products.

We have strong relationships with schools and education organisations. We are constantly looking at how best to deliver collaborative outcomes with other organisations concerned, like us, with the promotion and support of agriculture and rural life.

Please get in touch with slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk for more information about how your organisation could benefit this initiative there are many different ways you can sponsor our events which we aim to keep at zero-cost to the child or school.

VEG ART COMPETITION WINNERS

Prizes were kindly provided by: G’s, Produce World & Dobbies

First Prize – Shaylee (Bugs Life)

Second Prize – Nicola (Owl)

Third Prize – Lucy (Tortoise)

Exhibitors also involved in the area on the day included:

PECT

RSPB

G’s

The Green backyard

 

COMMUNITY – An A-Maze-N Willow Maze Design Competition

COMMUNITY – An A-Maze-N Willow Maze Design Competition

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Closing date EXTENDED: 1st December 2013

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As part of our fantastic on-going Kids Country initiative we are very excited to announce that our latest project will continue to further help children to fully enjoy the hands-on touchy feely outdoor experience.  By teaming up with a wonderful local charity, Peterborough Environment City Trust (PECT), we are giving local children the opportunity to inspire a design for a new willow maze to be constructed at the Showground, an attractive feature for the community of Peterborough to enjoy.

The Willow Maze will be a fascinating place to explore and over time will create natural habitats together with creatures and plants proving endless sources of fun.   Part of PECT’s Forest for Peterborough an ambitious plan to plant over 180,000 trees and has already planted a staggering 49,502 trees (as of 11/10/13).

The Willow Maze design will be a collaboration of ideas – we have provided an image for inspiration for your maze and it could take any shape or form – let your child’s imagination run wild!

Please a-maze us with your entry!  Parents/guardians/supervisors and children are being invited to help (construct the maze/attend a planting day) alongside specialist foresters.

We are encouraging schools, extracurricular learning organisations and families to get involved so send us your stunning doodles and sketches using the template provided.

Designs will be judged by a panel of both Kids Country and PECT representatives.

A CALL OUT TO THE COMMUNITY– WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Kids Country launched its flagship event, Food and Farming Day, in July 2013 Nearly 100 volunteers and hundreds of people on the stands came together to ensure the children had a day to remember.  A comment received from a school was:  ‘We had an amazing time and the children loved it… Everything was so well thought through and staff were extremely efficient.’  Our volunteers are so important to us, we are very thankful and we would not be able to roll out this educational programme without you!

 

Please check back here soon about the maze construction/planting days and to register your interest please contact slauridsen@eastofengland.org.uk