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Children’s Countryside Day Expands Committee

The Glendale Agricultural Society is delighted to announce the appointment of Hannah Hubb as Chairperson of its highly successful Children’s Countryside Day.

She will be joined by new committee member Andrew Reed who farms near Ancroft. As part of a hugely proactive committee, they will be responsible for continuing to develop what is now, one of the foremost rural educational events in the UK.

Hannah Hubb and Andrew Reed

Hannah Hubb and Andrew Reed

Each June, over 1500 children descend on the Glendale Showground to learn about the countryside and the importance of farming and food production to their everyday lives. Organised by a small dedicated group of farmers and farmers’ wives, Hannah who has a deep love of the countryside, gardening, cooking and teaching is a perfect candidate for the job. She has already been involved with the event for a number of years and as a mother of two young daughters, Poppy and Flora, she also has a vested interest in passing this passion onto the next generation.

Now in its 9th year, the award winning day is the leading rural event for primary school children in the North educating over 12,000 pupils to date. As Hannah acknowledges, “The Children’s Countryside Day has something for everybody, the children, the teachers and the whole community of exhibitors and stewards it brings together. The day allows children to explore the countryside through the exhibits and simply by having the chance to explore the space and fresh air of the rural landscape. Children learn through doing and this event brings to life, the things they have been learning about in the classroom using all their five senses.”

After graduating with a degree in Agriculture from Newcastle University, Hannah trained as an agricultural consultant in the Lincolnshire Wolds before coming north to work for John Carr Ellison at Hedgeley Farms. As part of her job, she had to host educational visits for the Country Trust, her enjoyment of which lead to her deciding on a teaching career when she started her own family. Initially teaching at Hipsburn First School, since the birth of her second daughter she has been combining supply teaching with helping to run the family farming business in Yorkshire.

As Chair, Hannah will work closely with the committee and the new event manager to continue to educate children about the countryside and farming. The aim will be to continue to work with the large numbers of volunteers from over 60 local businesses who contribute to the success of the event. To date, over £120,000 has been spent on running costs most of which have been found through sponsorship and another major objective for Hannah will be to source secure funding for the future. This will ensure that the thousands of children who benefit from the day do so without spending a single penny.

As a local farmer, Andrew Reed who farms at east Ancroft is also looking forward to passing on his knowledge of countryside issues onto the next generation. As he explains, “After being a volunteer for the last two years, I really do appreciate the opportunity to be part of such a hugely successful event. It is a pleasure to see so many children on the day having the opportunity to learn so much about farming and the countryside. It is terribly important that farmers continue to educate the younger generation from non farming backgrounds as to exactly where their food comes from.”

The children learn about crops and livestock and are encouraged to take part in a huge range of rural activities including auctioneering, dry stone walling, plucking poultry, butchery, planting, game rearing, fly fishing, sheep shearing, stick dressing and wool spinning. Each year, the day has a special theme which allows teachers to help children prepare for the show. This year the focus will be on the arable sector, an issue of particular interest to Hannah and Andrew given their farming background.

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link Record trade bookings for County Show
link British Cattle Breeders’ Conference Report
link Does the CAP fit? Middleton Mart Farm Forum
   


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