Fun in the field at farming event

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Hundreds of pupils have had a glimpse into farming at the Children’s Countryside Day.

Almost 1,500 youngsters from 40 schools across Northumberland, including Morpeth and Widdrington Station, attended the Fun In The Field event last week.

The outing was hosted by Glendale Agricultural Society in Wooler to teach children about farming, food and the environment.

It included a dairy tent, demonstrations, machinery displays and the chance to see livestock such as pigs, lambs and chicks.

Before the event, the children were asked to design an environmentally-friendly scarecrow for a contest judged by TV presenter John Grundy. Morpeth’s Stobhillgate First School won with its Pink Lady.

Sixty five exhibitors and 250 volunteers took part and almost £30,000 was raised for the event from sponsors and trust funds.

Chairman Johnny Renner said: “We had another fantastic day. The overall aim of the Glendale Agricultural Society is for the day to continue to educate, evolve and highlight the changing face of farming and the countryside.”

Pupils from St Robert’s, Morpeth, are pictured with Gloucester Old Spot pigs from Kirkley Hall.

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