Students have been hailed the stars of our annual Countryside Day this year. Whether Arboriculture students racing to the top of a 45 foot pole, Equine students displaying their horsemanship skills or Fishery students teaching the art of casting, visitors were given a taste of the countryside and a hint of the skills taught every day at the College.
One of the main attractions of the event is the number of ‘have-a-go’ activities on offer which aim to promote the many benefits associated with the countryside. Sharp shooters got to test their eye at clay and air rifle shooting, tree climbers were hoisted up an oak tree and budding equestrians got to climb atop a pony for a walk around the arena. From learning opportunities to leisure opportunities to career opportunities – the scope is huge, and the College aimed to inspire its visitors to try something new and different.
Martin Simmons, Vice Principal explains further: “Each year we are always very proud to open our doors for Countryside Day. We have a stunning campus and our facilities are first class but it really is our students who shine on the day. It is wonderful to see them showcase the skills they have learned here as so many adults and children try their hand at something new. We want visitors to see and experience the huge opportunities the countryside offers career and leisure wise.”
When not trying their hand at an activity visitors could sit back and enjoy any number of displays and entertainment from sheep shearing to calf leading, gundogs to milking. Local food and drink producers were also on hand to keep people refreshed throughout the day.