Countryside classes for local pupils

20150520- Kinnordy Estate. 'Northmuir Primary School P.6M pupils are pictured on their day visit to Kinnordy Estate to learn about land management. They are pictured with Rob Beaty from Tayside Farm Management Association who handed over a cheque for �2,300 (the proceeds from their dinner) to Bruce Christie (right) chairman of RHET A.C.I. and Lord Lyell (2nd right) who hosted the children's visit. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.
20150520- Kinnordy Estate. 'Northmuir Primary School P.6M pupils are pictured on their day visit to Kinnordy Estate to learn about land management. They are pictured with Rob Beaty from Tayside Farm Management Association who handed over a cheque for �2,300 (the proceeds from their dinner) to Bruce Christie (right) chairman of RHET A.C.I. and Lord Lyell (2nd right) who hosted the children's visit. ''Copyright Andy Thompson Photography / ATIMAGES ''No use without payment.

The Royal Highland Education Trust, in partnership with Angus Countryside Initiative, held a special two-day event for P6 pupils at Kinnordy Estate on May 20 and 21.

The RHET, of which HRH The Princess Royal is patron, believe in ‘taking the classroom to the countryside’ and this was the ninth year in which pupils from Angus and Dundee got to experience the Angus countryside at Kinnordy Estate.

Bruce Christie, chairman of RHET ACI, said: “We are very grateful to Lord Lyell and his family for letting us come to his Estate again and for the involvement of his estate staff in the event. Schools really enjoy these days, while at the same time getting a great educational experience.”

Carol Littlewood, RHET ACI’s project co-ordinator, stressed her thanks to all the volunteers who give up their time to run the sets and steward the pupils around the Estate.

Carol told us: “As with all RHET events, we depend on our volunteers and partner organisations to give up their time for us, many of them have been supporting the Estate Days since the first year ACI ran the event and we couldn’t do it without them!”

Angus Council staff support the event, with Council Rangers running the pond dipping, and with Fred Connacher, the tree officer, teaching children how trees grow, Tillhill Forestry staff this year focussed on what products are made from the timber produced on the Estate, while Forestry Commission forester John Spittal was looking at different tree species with the pupils. Estate employee Andy was also on hand to demonstrate how a tractor can be used to extract felled trees from woodland.

The farming set also had the addition of the new Angus Countryside Classroom on Wheels, which allowed the pupils to sit in a life-size demonstrator combine harvester cab as part of the set where they learned about the cereal crops produced on the Estate.

The days’ aim was that the pupils went away from the experience having had fun, but also understanding and thinking a bit more about where their food and wood products come from, and how farming and the environment can work together on Estates such as Kinnordy.