Bayer CropScience and FACE are looking for the best in Farming Education
Friday, 10 September 2010 12:39
A national competition designed to highlight the important role that farmers play in educating young people reached its conclusion this week when winners were announced at a prestigious ceremony at the Tower of London.
Awards were presented by Jim Paice, Food & Farming Minister.
The awards are organised by leading crop protection business Bayer CropScience and FACE (Farming and Countryside Education). FACE is a registered charity that aims to educate children about food and farming.
The winners were as follows:
• Acorn Farm in Kirkby, Liverpool won the “Farm to Classroom Award” for demonstrating an outstanding contribution to school life away from the farm.
• J Hawley and Sons won the “Biodiversity Award” for demonstrating outstanding achievement in encouraging pupils to recognise and understand the importance of biodiversity and its vitality to a region’s wildlife survival.
• Hendre Ifan Goch Farm won the “Innovative Learning Award” for developing and implementing new learning experiences that have inspired and encouraged young people.
• Lodge Farm won the “Countryside Careers Award” for demonstrating outstanding contribution to an understanding of careers in the countryside.
• Rushall Organic Farm won two awards: the “Access Award” for demonstrating outstanding achievement in encouraging pupils with special needs, disaffected students and disadvantaged students to visit the farm, and was also named the overall competition winner, receiving the accolade ‘The Very Best in Farming Education’.
• An award was presented for the first time to an Outstanding Individual. The award recipient, Ian Egginton-Metters, is Assistant Chief Executive of the Federation of City Farms and Community Gardens based in Bristol.
The award was given to Ian for his tireless work in helping to develop the Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme which has trained over 1300 farmers to host school visits. Ian is also instrumental in the School Farms Network and a driving force behind the Care Farming movement. He was nominated for the award by colleagues in the Access To Farms partnership which comprises representatives from a wide range of organisations which work to improve the number and quality of school visits to farms
Andrew Orme, Managing Director of Bayer CropScience, Bayer CropScience, said: “We have organised these awards in association with FACE to celebrate the very best in farming education. We believe that key suppliers to the farming industry, like ourselves, should play a role in promoting the work that farmers are doing in their communities. These awards are just one of the initiatives that Bayer CropScience is working on with its partners to help the sustainable development of UK farming.”
Commenting on the awards Bill Graham, OBE, from FACE, said: “We are growing up in an increasingly urbanised world and at FACE we feel that we need to reinforce the connection between communities and their local farms.
Children, young people and their families have become disassociated with where their food comes from and do not know what constitutes a healthy diet. By reintroducing children to the countryside we can show them the opportunities rural sites hold for both leisure and employment.”