BGS at event engaging children with sustainable farming

BGS at event engaging children with sustainable farming

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

On Tuesday June 14 BGS Technical Project Manager, Charlotte Evans was involved with a day out on-farm for school children in the Helston area, Cornwall. The Kingfisher Award, which is run annually as an educational initiative of the Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group SW, provides children with the opportunity to go out on to farms and explore the natural world.

During the field day, held at Higher Lanner Farm, part of the Penrose estate, children visited stations across the farm themed around; i. in the field, ii. in the farmyard and iii. in the woodland. Charlotte was stationed ‘in the field’ helping children explore the fascinating and vital habitat and processes that soil provides.

When back at in the classroom the children that have attended the field day will undertake further research into the things they discovered on-farm, and produce a project that can be entered into a competition for the Kingfisher Award trophy.

“I was delighted to be asked to be involved in such an inspiring event and initiative. As always it was surprising how much children can and do understand about natural processes and the important role of farmer when given the opportunity to engage. Hopefully we managed to provide lasting memories for the next generation, on a topic [sustainable soil management] that’s becoming increasingly important within the industry.” Charlotte Evans, BGS

 

For more about the Kingfisher Award initiative visit the FWAG SW website here

 

Photograph: Pupils from St. Michaels School, Helston, learn about ‘soil as a recycler’, observing a wormery.

 

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