Rural businesses got creative for Glendale Agricultural Society’s Children’s Countryside Day held at Wooler last week.
More than 50 organisations exhibited at Glendale’s show ground during a day attended by children from Newcastle and Northumberland, who learned about all aspects of farming and the countryside.
One exhibitor at the event who thought outside the box was chartered surveyors George F White, the largest independent firm of RICS chartered surveyors in the north of England, which specialises in helping farmers and land owners to develop their businesses and maximise their investment in property and land.
Assisted by the big bad wolf, three little pigs educated children in sources of sustainable building materials.
Members of staff from George F White turned into children’s story book characters for the day to deliver the famous story with a ‘sustainable twist’.
In its display, George F White used interactive exhibits to support the story and stimulate interest and learning.
The three ‘green’ little pigs talked about what renewable energy the pigs could use today to power their homes, with wind certainly been favoured by the wolf! The 21st century three little pigs demonstrated how renewable materials grown in Northumberland could be used to build a house. These included straw and wood used as building materials and even wool as insulation.
As a result, the children decided that perhaps modern day pigs might not consider brick at all!
“Schoolchildren are the future, raising their awareness of issues now that surround the use of building materials and their sustainability, together with the successful impact of renewable energy is vital,” said Robert Moore of George F White. “It is very important for businesses to be involved in the rural community and to put something back into the system.”
The aim of the day was to educate children in all aspects of farming and rural life.
It was attended by approximately 1700 children aged between five and nine, who experienced first hand, and for many the first time, all aspects of rural life and agriculture.
The Children’s Countryside Day gave the visiting children from Tyneside and Northumberland a unique opportunity to experience the relevance of farming and food production, and how this could impact their lives.