A new educational program at a Northamptonshire estate teaching young people the importance of sustainable farming has been boosted with a new donation.
Property consultancy Fisher German has donated twenty laptops to Holdenby House to support its new rural education programme.
The program takes primary school children to visit farms and shows them how food is produced, as well as how wildlife can be cared for at the same time.
Children attending the Holdenby House Education Center program experience all outdoor activities, including how crops grow.
The program aims to educate them on how nature and agriculture can co-exist, and how industry enables the conservation and protection of important habitats.
Jackie Evans, head of education at Holdenby House, welcomed the new donation, saying it would boost bookings for the scheme.
“This donation is absolutely vital to the sustainability of our rural education program,” she said. “Without it, if the weather is bad when a school decides to visit, or if a child can’t walk the course, the laptops allow us to bring the farm to them.
“Many schools would be reluctant to book if they knew bad weather would derail the chances of an educational trip for their students, so laptops gave us a sort of insurance policy.
“We have already taken our first bookings and look forward to welcoming many more schools to Holdenby in the future.”
Holdenby House dates back to the 16th century and was once the palace of King James I as well as the largest private house in England. It has belonged to the Lowther family since 1709.
The estate wanted to launch a new educational program after the success of its award-winning heritage education program which has enabled over 250,000 children to learn all about various chapters of British history.
Matthew Trembath, of Fisher German, added: “We thought this was another brilliant way for the estate to capitalize on its beautiful countryside setting and attract schools from urban areas to experience a good taste of life. in the countryside.
“While a brilliant idea, we advised schools not to be so enthusiastic if there was no alternative to outdoor activities in bad weather.
“We offered to donate 20 laptops to ensure Holdenby had the ability to give children a great educational experience even as the skies opened.
“Advice like this is part of the service we provide to estates, and we are delighted that bookings are starting to come in for the new program.”