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School children learn to shear sheep

Posted: 05/06/2008 19:05:22

Herefordshire school children will be exchanging pencil cases for sheep shears this Friday as pupils from Much Birch primary school visit Demesne Farm in Garway to film the first part of a ten minute documentary entitled ‘Farming Here and Now’.

As part of the county’s Year of food and Farming project which aims to help Herefordshire children understand where the food they enjoy comes from, the children at Much Birch School have established links with local farmer Richard Sparey whose family farms in and around Garway.

Already the pupils have enjoyed in-school workshops introducing the issues affecting the farming industry today; an in-school presentation by Richard Sparey; an introductory visit to the farm with a guided tour and an in-school media workshop led by Herefordshire film producers Catcher Media.

On Friday June 6th, Catcher Media will be working with the pupils to film sheep shearing on the farm. This will be the first of a number of filming sessions planned to capture seasonal activities on the farm over the coming months including harvesting of wheat, maize, potatoes and fodder beet; housed winter cattle; and the scanning of the ewes prior to lambing next Spring.

Much Birch is one of five primary schools in Kingstone’s Collaborative Partnership involved in this film-making project. All five schools are linked to local farms on which they will be capturing elements of the farming year with Catcher Media. The aim is to produce three short films which will be shown at community screenings and local festivals early next year. This project has been supported by the Lottery through the UK Film Council’s First Light Movies initiative.

Colin Howard, headteacher at Much Birch School, said: “We feel it is very important that our children understand how their food is produced and where it comes from. We are very lucky to live in such a beautiful county and to have such a good relationship with one of our local farmers. Being able to show the children first hand how food is produced makes learning far more meaningful for them and will provide them with some positive, long-lasting memories .“



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