Border Union hold Schools Countryside Show as part of bicentenary

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The Border Union Agricultural Society last week put on a spectacular countryside showcase especially for school children as part of its Bicentenary celebrations.

All P5 aged pupils at school in the Borders (1,300 children in total) attended the BUAS Schools Countryside Day at the Borders Union Showground in Springwood Park.

The event, the first of its kind in Scotland, took the form of a Border Union Show style showcase devised specifically for P5 children and provided an insight into all aspects of country living from farming, animal husbandry and food production to countryside management, traditional skills and pursuits.

Featuring over 50 exhibitors within the main hall, the back hall and a bespoke marquee filled with animals and outdoor displays showcasing countryside skills, including horse shoeing and sheep herding, the Show also included a host of hands-on activities and demonstrations.

It was organised by the BUAS with assistance from Scottish Borders Council and with support from The Co-operative Farms. The event was also backed by Event Scotland, the Royal Highland Educational Trust, Charity Begins at Home and Greenvale AP in addition to dozens of Borders based businesses participating in the Show.

The children had the opportunity to take part in various activities such as haggis making and egg grading, see sheep dogs and farriers at work, witness a host of countryside skills demonstrations, and meet representatives from 50 different organisations all linked to the area we live in.