As a show with its roots in agriculture, promoting the links between farming and food and protecting the environment are key aims of ours.
Although the show only happens once a year, we have a number of initiatives throughout the year for local schools to reinforce these important messages to young people.
As custodians of the stunning Chetwynd Deer Park, we are very lucky to have this incredible natural resource on our doorstep and we aim to put it to good use!
During May, we’ll be running our Spring Explorers workshops, which was a new initiative we introduced last year.
We have invited schools from the Newport cluster to attend and children will be trying their hand at everything from pond dipping to investigating the park’s colony of Yellow Meadow ants, which is believed to be one of the largest in the Midlands.
It’s designed to be a fun day for them, so while they are taking part in nature-based tasks to learn more about wildlife, animals and the environment they’ll be learning important lessons without even realising it!
Another fun challenge we’ve issued to our local schools is the Great Potato Challenge. We’ve now delivered growing packs to all the schools and the show’s Vice President Jo Ford and I will also be taking part.
Last year’s winner revealed live on the day of the show was Church Aston Infants School that grew a bumper crop of 4.34kg so I’ve got my work cut out to beat that! The winning school will get £100 to spend on gardening equipment to encourage more children to get invested in growing their own food.
We also run photography workshops so it’s a chance for budding David Baileys to capture some of the beauty of nature and the Deer Park. The standard of entries, which are displayed on show day in the Educational Hub, is always impressive.
This year, the Education Hub will be expanded so we can introduce more activities for all ages including finding out where our milk and meat comes from.