…for Ely School at Dry Drayton.
Mighty machines were the big attraction when over a hundred children from Spring Meadow Infant and Nursery School in Ely came to visit Scotland Farm, Dry Drayton.
This was the first time that many of five and six year olds had been so close to the huge tractors and other farm implements that work land all over Cambridgeshire and produce the crops which are so important to the economy of the county.
“The children loved having the chance to see a working farm and to get so close to farm vehicles,” says deputy headmistress, Sarah Latimer. “They were also fascinated by the vast store and the grain it contained.”
“A delight to have them here,” says James Peck, whose company P.X. Farms manages his family’s acres. “We farmers tend to forget that even people living in an agricultural area like this are not necessarily familiar with the farming that surrounds them.”
“I was a little apprehensive about having so many children here, but they were extremely well behaved and listened to all that I had to tell them. We showed them foods such as breakfast cereals so that they could see how various crops end up – and weighed them in classes on our weighbridge.”
James is vice-chairman of the Cambridgeshire branch of the CLA ( Country Land and Business Association). “Our organisation is keen to do as much as possible to educate people – of all ages – about farming and the countryside. This kind of visit is precisely what is needed, and very rewarding. After the visit they sent me a super book of their drawings of the day.”
“The children and the adults who came with them certainly learnt a lot from the day,” says Mrs Latimer.
For further information contact:
James Peck (P.X. Farms) on 01954 210211 or 07976 939596
Sally Smith (CLA PR) on 01553 764422 or 07729 448046
Sarah Latimer (Spring Meadow Infant & Nursery School) on 01353 664 742