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Growing need for "farm schools"

Thursday 03 July 2003

THERE is a growing need for more school visits to working farms or our children could become "alienated from the countryside" says the government's Countryside Agency.

And tomorrow (July 4) more than 350 school children from Leeds, Bradford and other West Yorkshire towns will pay a pioneering visit to the Bramham Park Estate, near Wetherby.

There, the children aged 7 to 11 will meet farmers, foresters, gamekeepers and managers to see what goes on behind the scenes.

The trip has been organised by the Countryside Foundation for Education and is being backed by the Country Land and Business Association as part of a nationwide initiative from the Countryside Agency.

Last weekend, agency board member Peter Fane said in a speech at the Royal Show: "We must not let our children become alienated from the countryside, otherwise they will be deprived of healthy activity in open spaces, have no understanding of farming and local production and no access to their heritage."


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