Writtle College are preparing to play host to an innovative event to help children gain knowledge about the journey of their food from field to fork and raise awareness of the countryside around them.

The Essex Schools Food and Farming Day will be staged on May 24, with 3,000 primary schoolchildren and 500 teachers and assistants from all over Essex attending.

The aim is to get children out of the classroom and give them a better understanding of the food chain and the role played by farmers in Essex, as well as raising awareness of countryside and environmental issues.

Guy Smith, Essex farmer and chairman of the event steering group, added: “It is particularly rewarding that we get such a brilliant response from the schools. As farmers we are very proud that non-farmers take such an interest in what we do and want to know more.”

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