Country show enjoyed by local school children

Darren Cool - 07792308722 - www.dcoolimages.com'Education day at the South of England show where schools come in and take part in various activities and hold animals and learn a little more about agriculture. SUS-150717-130406001

Darren Cool - 07792308722 - www.dcoolimages.com'Education day at the South of England show where schools come in and take part in various activities and hold animals and learn a little more about agriculture. SUS-150717-130406001

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Two-and-a-half thousand children aged ten and eleven, from more than 50 schools across Sussex and Surrey, visited the Ardingly Showground this week.

The youngsters discovered where their food comes from and all aspects of rural life.

Now in its tenth year, Connect with the Countryside has given more than 20,000 pupils and teachers a day out.

It aims to give the children a better understanding of countryside issues.

Each year, more than 100 volunteers from the South of England Agricultural Society and more than 50 organisations and exhibitors give their time and support for free.

One of the schools to take part was Shinewater Primary School.

Toby Cook, a teacher at Shinewater, said, “There is tons to do, and everyone here at the South of England Showground is good at explaining the different aspects of countryside life to the children.

“We are not a rural school so it’s a great opportunity for the kids to see animals.”

Four special zones included livestock, where children met a range of farm animals, a wildlife zone, recration zone and one on horticulture and food.

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