New Forest Agricultural Show Society Increases Educational Initiatives in 2017
The New Forest Agricultural Show Society will be increasing its educational initiatives not only at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show itself but throughout the duration of the year too. This will further support the Society’s Charitable Remit to ‘promote and encourage the development of agriculture, forestry, equestrianism and horticulture and encourage the improvement in the breeding of stock’.
The Country Trust are currently recruiting for the Food and Farming Co-ordinator position, for more information visit their website.
1. Farmhouse Breakfast – 1st February 2017
Taking place at the home of Countryside Education Trust in Beaulieu. We will be celebrating Farmhouse Breakfast week by inviting teachers to come along to find out about the opportunities for their schools to take part in educational visits throughout the year.
2. New Forest Schools Day – 10th May 2017
Taking place at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show’s Showground. New Forest School’s Day will see 500 schools children from across Hampshire invited to spend the day getting involved in a variety of educational activities.
From planting seeds and making cheese to taking part in a live auction, children will have the opportunity to immerse themselves and experience the country way of life for the day.
3. Farm Visits
The Society is working closely with the Countryside Education Trust to organise 17 Farm Visits in 2017 creating more opportunities for the school children to visit a working farm as part of their school curriculum. After their visit to a Farm, children will be encouraged to create a project that will be entered into the School’s competition and will be displayed in the Discovery Zone at the New Forest and Hampshire County Show.
4. 2017 New Forest and Hampshire County Show
2017 will see lots more opportunities for children to take part in educational activities during their time at the Show, with a focus on all sections of the Show providing an activity for visitors to participate in. In addition, the Discovery Zone at the Show will be doubled in size to allow interactive activities to attend the Show which relate to the Society’s charitable remit. The Discovery Zone will also display projects put forward by local schools following their Farm Visits.
5. New for 2017! The Society will be supporting an inner city school in Hampshire for a year. Working closely with Country Trust Hampshire, the Society will be funding the Country Trust to employ a Food and Farm Discovery Coordinator who will bring food, farming and the countryside to the Society’s chosen School.