Food, farming and countryside organisations have today (September 28) launched a new website to bring the countryside into school classrooms.
Led by Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) and co-funded by the Prince’s Countryside Fund (PCF) and AHDB, Countryside Classroom is supported by the biggest ever partnership dedicated to helping children learn about food, farming and the natural environment.
Partners of the educational resource include the NFU, Bright Crop, Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) and Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF).
The website aims to provide every school child the opportunity to learn about food, farming and the countryside through various resources for curriculum-relevant subjects.
It also features a searchable map of the UK to help teachers find local farms, parks and activity centres which are ready to give children enjoyable and memorable experiences of food, farming and the natural environment.
NFU vice president, Guy Smith said the NFU wer proud to be involved in Countryside Classroom and the important role it aims to play in children’s education.
He said: "The NFU remains committed to the goal of ensuring school children have access to accurate and balanced information about our industry.
"We see the creation of Countryside Classroom as a very positive step in that direction."
Organisations have started to run events in schools across the country in collaboration with the website launch.
French-born chef, Raymond Blanc said he wants children to learn about food because it can ’totally enrich your life’.
He said: "I really want children to really understand food.
"Food connects with absolutely everything; to know how it’s grown, to know about the soil, to know about the magic of growing food, to know about connecting food with love, with family, with eating, with good health, with joy with celebration. That’s what I really want."