Food, farming and countryside

Pupils study the different species of trees grown locally.
Pupils study the different species of trees grown locally.

The farming industry joined forces at the Hirsel Estate, Coldstream for a Royal Highland Education Trust education day.

During the Farm to Fork initiative, Jedburgh Grammar School’s S1 and S2 pupils had six sessions about food, farming and countryside from a variety of experts.

Pupils swap school for a makeshift classroom at the Hirsel.

Pupils swap school for a makeshift classroom at the Hirsel.

Craig Birkett, the gamekeeper on Hirsel estate ,explained the role of a gamekeeper in the rearing, care and sport of game birds. Also looking at vermin control. The children were privileged to a gun dog display.

An arable farming session was presented by Murray Potts, a local farmer who often volunteers for RHET Scottish Borders. His presentation explained what is involved in growing arable crops including care of the soil and the huge usage of technology involved these days including GPS. The pupils saw a seed drill and sprayer up close and had a huge range of questions.

The Douglas fold of pedigree Highland Cattle on the estate were shown to the pupils by Alan Telford, who has a vast knowledge of the herd and livestock. He discussed the importance of maintaining a native breed such as the Highland cattle and the care of the cattle.

Cheviot Trees presented a woodland management session, discussing the importance of woodland management along with looking at different species and careers involved in forestry.

Trying one of the tractors out for size.

Trying one of the tractors out for size.

River/lake management advice was delivered by The Tweed Foundation who talked about river life and fishing in the Scottish Borders.

Bread making was undertaken to demonstrate Field to Fork; the story of wheat to bread explained by the Field to Fork Team to follow on from the farming session about wheat grown on the estate.

Local farmer Murray Potts explained about growing arable crops including care of the soil and the use of technology, pupils seeing up close a
drill and sprayer.

Local farmer Murray Potts explained about growing arable crops including care of the soil and the use of technology, pupils seeing up close a drill and sprayer.