Pupils get taste for country life

THE INCREASING success of a rural event allowed it to expand this year and include Angus schools.

The annual Kinnordy Estate Day, run by the Royal Highland Education Trust’s Angus Countryside Initiative (RHET ACI), secured funding to allow it to run over two days this year.

Due to extra funding from the Nineveh Trust 150 pupils from Angus schools, including Seaview and Grange Primaries visited the Kinnordy Estate last Wednesday with the kind permission of Lord Lyell.

The pupils learned about the crops and the wildlife of the estate, watched the sawmill in action and learned about trees from the Kinnordy Estate staff, Camperdown Wildlife Centre staff, the Arboricultural Officer from Angus Council and retired forester John Spittal.

The children had a chance to study aquatic species during a pond-dip at the Kinnordy Loch with the Angus Council Rangers.

The gamekeepers also introduced them to friendly ferrets and a working gundog, saw vining peas being planted and carrots being harvested.

Mrs Carol Littlewood, project co-ordinator for RHET ACI, said: “As with all RHET events we depend on our volunteers and expanding the estate day to two days obviously required even more of our volunteers and partner organisations to give up their time for us.

“The recent weather didn’t help, as so many of our farmers are busy trying to catch up with their own work on the farm, but it was great to have some new faces stepping up to help alongside those that come along every year.”

Normally the event, which has been hosted six times now by Kinnordy Estate, is for Dundee schools, making this the first time Angus primaries have been invited.

RHET ACI stewards walked with the pupils and teachers and answered question about the Estate and its workings.

For some pupils this would be their first real experience of the Angus countryside and the organisers hope that the children departed knowing a little more about where their food comes from.