Members of Glendale Agricultural Society’s Children’s Countryside Day committee have visited Sweden to learn how the Scandinavian countries educates its young people about farming.
The trip was headed by committee chairman Johnny Renner who will update the Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) about his trip at its annual meeting.
In September Johnny and five other committee members travelled to Vaxjo, Sweden, in a knowledge exchange. The three-day fact-finding mission included a visit to the children’s day at Varnamo held by the Swedish equivalent of the NFU.
During their visit they experienced the Swedish culture, and the way they deal with education and schooling in relation to agriculture.
In Sweden there is a “just do it” attitude to working and they have excellent communication techniques with the next generation.
The presentation at the AGM will demonstrate how through the Children’s Countryside Day and the GAS aim to develop their education offering for the younger generation. The focus is very much on rural affairs in the countryside, and ensuring that children really learn where their food comes from.
This year the successful Children’s Countryside Day celebrates its 10th anniversary, and the knowledge gained in Sweden will play a big role in proceedings.
Johnny said: “It was a fantastic experience and we all gained a considerable insight into Sweden’s agricultural industry.
“Their attitude to food and where it comes from is completely different to that of here in the UK. Farming in the countryside is an integral way of life Swedish people and they have a strong identity with their roots and culture.
“Protecting food production and forestry is paramount on their Government’s agenda.”
The AGM, which is open to all, is being held at the Tankerville Arms, Wooler, at 7.30pm on Thursday, May 29.