Cllr Majury on St Mary’s Farm Visit
Children from Dunblane’s St. Mary’s Episcopal Primary School recently visited Meldrum farm near Stirling. It was a chilly, wet, blustery day, and the children were well kitted out in wellies and waterproof jackets.
Meldrum farm is a mixed farm of dairy and arable. The children learned all about the variety of crops grown by farmers Dave & Katie. Sustainability is high on the farm’s list of priorities and Dave explained to the children how every part of each plant has a different job from giving cattle nutrients, to providing nice bedding material for heifers and calves.
The children particularly enjoyed petting the heifers and claves, and also watching the very technological process of milking the cows, the children had to be extra quiet in order to help keep the animals calm. The visit was arranged through the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), which does a lot of wonderful work for the school. All the children thoroughly enjoyed the visit and were excited to share their learning at home too. There is so much technology used in farming which links to the school’s STEM learning as well as finding out about sustainability and community linked to the school’s continued work with their Eco Flag and Global Goals. St Mary’s would recommend this experience to everyone.
Comments from pupils included, “this was the best day ever!”, “that was so much fun”, and “I want to be a farmer”. With a parent commenting “Just wanted to pass on how enthusiastic both boys were about their farm visit today. My children learned so much, especially about the eco impact and how eco-conscious the farm is. They have loads of moosome facts to share as well!”
Former Pupil and Local Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Councillor Alastair Majury said:
“Getting children outdoors and letting them experience a real working farm will reconnect them with where food comes from, and will provide them with an enjoyable experience and lasting memories. Farm visits also help teachers deliver a wide spectrum of the national curriculum. I would like to thank St Mary’s, Meldrum Farm, and RHET for making this visit possible.”