Tractors on tour visiting Borders schools

Primary school pupils across the region will be getting a visit from a Royal Highland Education Trust tractor next Thursday
Primary school pupils across the region will be getting a visit from a Royal Highland Education Trust tractor next Thursday

A fleet of eight tractors will be on tour in the Borders on Thursday, March 9, visiting every primary school in the region.

It’s part of the Royal Highland Education Trust’s (RHET) efforts to raise its profile in the region and make schools aware of the range of free services it offers – visits to farms, classroom talks by local farmers, teaching resources and teacher training.

When a tractor arrives at their school, pupils will be invited out to see it, get their photograph taken, and ask the tractor driver all sorts of questions.

As part of the tractor tour, RHET will be creating a recipe book, the recipes gathered from each school, with a focus on the use of produce from the Scottish Borders.

The book will be divided into multiple sections and feature recipes by various celebrity chefs.

Award-winning chef and owner of Osso Restaurant in Peebles Ally McGrath will feature as the main chef in the book, providing one of his recipes and the book’s foreword.

The recipe book will be on sale in May, with the proceeds of each sale going towards continuing the work of RHET in the Borders. The books will be available on the RHET website and at agricultural shows and some of the primary schools.

Allan Murray, chairman of RHET Scottish Borders, said: “The tractor tour will make primary school children much more aware of food production and farming in the Scottish Borders.

“With the help of the recipe book, they will become familiar with what is produced on local farms.”

After the tractor tour, RHET volunteers will be available to visit classrooms to deliver educational talks on food, farming or any other aspect of rural life.