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Welling farm trust shortlisted for education award

PUBLISHED: 14:32 18 May 2017 | UPDATED: 14:32 18 May 2017

The trust teaches children where their food comes from

The trust teaches children where their food comes from

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The Woodlands Farm Trust are in the running for an award for the best food and farming education

A farm trust near Welling has been shortlisted for an award for the best food and farming education.

The Woodlands Farm Trust is in the running to win the Farm School Partnership category for a Bayer Farming and Countryside Education Award.

Hannah Ricketts and the team at the trust have been working with school children on the farm for 15 years with up to 5,000 visitors each year.

The team teach students about where their food comes from, and has a built relationships with several schools in the area.

Commenting on the shortlisting, Janet Hickinbotton MBE, national education officer at Farming and Countryside Education, said: “We have a strong tradition of working together to celebrate the tremendous work carried out by unsung heroes who do so mcuh to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the countryside with young people.

“The process isn’t an easy one but the outcome is always exhilarating as we uncover what goes on during these inspiring collaborations between schools and farms.”

Michael Muncey, head of business for Bayer Crop Science in the UK, added: “With an increasing global population and less land to grow our food, there has never been a greater need for people to have a better understanding of where their food comes from.”

The winners will be announced in the autumn at a ceremony in London.

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