A unique opportunity for children to learn about agriculture,

APPROXIMATELY 1,200 children from five primary schools from across the region have been invited to the Border Union Agricultural Society’s School Campaign Day at the Borders Events Center on Tuesday, May 17.

The annual event, which is closed to the general public, offers children a unique opportunity to learn about agriculture, food production and rural life.

Children will have the chance to enjoy over 50 activities and demonstrations ranging from spinning, weaving, milking, beekeeping and auctioning to sheep shearing and stick making.

Sustainability is a central theme of this year’s event and students will learn about the importance of soil and forest management, songbirds and protecting and enhancing the environment.

They will also learn about healthy eating, livestock management, seasonal foods and the importance of food miles.

And this will be the fifth year that the Fallago Environment Fund has supported the event.

The charity shares the benefits of the Fallago Rig wind farm in the Lammermuir Hills with projects across Scottish borders and is supported by Roxburghe Estates, Federated Hermes and EDF Renewables.

Speaking on behalf of the Fallago Environment Fund, His Grace the Duke of Roxburghe said; “Border Union Schools Campaign Day is a hugely important event that offers local children an inspiring way to experience the rural environment around them.

“We hope they will return home with a new appreciation for a host of subjects, from agriculture and food production to protecting the rich natural assets of borders, and that they will have been inspired by the wonderful variety rewarding careers that the region has to offer. We are delighted that the Fallago Environment Fund can use these funds generated by the wind farms to support this exceptional event.

In addition to grants from the Fallago Environment Fund, the Borders Union Schools Campaign Day is also supported by the Scottish Borders Council, Charity Begins at Home, BASF, Kelso Farmer’s Market, Grahams Family Dairy, Scottish Land & Estates , Sainsbury’s and Ford & Etal Domains.

Peter Douglas, president of the Border Union Agricultural Society, said; “This will be the eighth time we have held our Schools Countryside Day and the event is now one of four main events in the Society’s annual programme.

“It’s a huge undertaking with around 170 teachers and 150 stewards in addition to 250 people from organizations across the region, who provide the hands-on activities and demonstrations that make it such a valuable and memorable experience for the children.

“We are extremely grateful to the Fallago Environment Fund and all of our supporters for helping us create this important annual showcase of rural Borders life.”

Fallago Environment Fund grant applications are administered by Tweed Forum. They are assessed twice a year, with application deadlines set for September 1 and March 1. Further information can be found at www.tweedforum.org/fallago or by calling the Tweed Forum on 01896 849723.

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