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RNS20: Education & Schools

The Royal Norfolk Show plays host to a whole range of exciting and educational activities and events for school children from across the Region. We aim to provide young people with the chance to engage with a large variety of activities and events around the topic of food, farming and the countryside.

While the Show has been taking a break, we have been working on a number of projects to carry on these opportunities for local schools and children.

School Gardens: Aldborough Primary School

School Gardens form an important part of our educational activity and give local schools the opportunity to gets hands-on in the horticultural area. From design to implementation, the children take part and work together to great some innovative gardens which are showcased at the Royal Norfolk Show.

In 2019, Aldborough Primary School won ‘Best School Garden’ and usually engage children in a range of activities in their own school garden.

The school had been unable to work on their garden in recent months and wanted something engaging and out-of-doors for the children as they have returned to school from early June.

With help from the RNAA and Edgefield Nurseries in super quick time, they’ve re-built an amazing garden that will bring joy into the lives of the children and adults at the school alike.

Take a look at this video to find out the many benefits the garden will have for students, teachers and the wider school community:

Interested in being involved in a show or school garden for 2021? Get in touch

Project: Conscious Consumers

The Food and Farming Discovery Trust have embarked on a new project named ‘Conscious Consumers’ with generous sponsorship support from the Chadacre Agricultural Trust. This ground-breaking secondary school project encourages awareness of the debates around food security, food provenance and different types of diet. It is science-based project, being led by Jenni Rant (SAW Trust), Samantha Fox (Youth STEMM Award) and Gaina Dunsire (LEAF).

The online resources have been made available for teachers and schools to share with groups of year 9 pupils on topics such as food miles, personalised nutrition, and plant-based diets. The central proposition is to separate fact from fiction and give students the challenge to take on a campaign of communication connected with the issues.

The recent lockdown has meant the project and its range of virtual resources has had to move online, available on the FFDT website and via LEAF’s Countryside Classroom. It is hoped that there will be a sharing event for students when restrictions are lifted.

This project wouldn’t be possible without the support of The SAW Trust, Youth STEMM Award, LEAF (Linking Education and Farming) and The Chadacre Agricultural Trust.