Major Schools Day Sponsor
Launch of Fallago Environment Fund support for Schools Countryside Day
Friday 29 April 2016
The fourth Border Union Agricultural Society Childrens’ Countryside Day will be held at the Border Union Showgound in Kelso on Tuesday 17th May. This annual event is for all P5, ten year old children, in the Scottish Borders Region.
More than twelve hundred pupils from sixty Schools will visit the Border Union Showground for this Day when there will be over fifty different Exhibits and demonstrations of all that is agricultural, rural and environmental. The children will see and learn where their food comes from and how it is produced, and all aspects of development of the land and its history. Also the importance of trees and rivers and the opportunity to see beneath the water the exhibition of creepy crawlies specially caught for this event. Live sheep shearing, interactive dough work with the Borders College, the Countryside Code explained, health and safety in the countryside, live display of animals and all types of farm machinery are there for the children and teachers to see. Over one hundred volunteer Stewards look after the safety of these children throughout the day, including volunteers from Borders Rotary Clubs and the Royal Bank of Scotland.
The Schools Day is one of the most important legacies of the Bicentenary of the Society in 2013.
This Day would not happen without support and BUAS are delighted that EDF / Roxburghe Estates have awarded the Society a major contribution towards the expenses of the Day for the next three years through their Fallago Environment Fund.
The Fallago Environment Fund was established by EDF Energy Renewables and Roxburghe Estates as part of the Fallago Rig windfarm development and has the following aim – ‘to enhance the quality of life for local communities and visitors to the Borders through investment in the protection, enhancement and appreciation of the natural, built and cultural heritage of the Scottish Borders environment.’ £200k is available annually from the Fund to support local projects – see www.tweedforum.org/fallago
The Fund is managed by Tweed Forum, a charitable trust and umbrella organisation whose remit is to promote the sustainable use of the Tweed and its tributaries and protect and enhance the natural, built and cultural heritage of the region. For more information see www.tweedforum.org
His Grace The Duke of Roxburghe said “This is exactly the type of Project that EDF and Roxburghe Estates, through the Fallago Environment Fund are delighted to be part of – about the land and the countryside of the Borders for the Borders for these young pupils, who will in time be custodians of the land. Things that they see and learn at this Day will remain with them throughout their lives”. Chairman of FEF, Andrew Douglas Home said 'The feat of organising 50 exhibits and stands, let alone over 1200 children really is a remarkable achievement and the Border Union Agricultural Society is to be congratulated for the huge efforts it makes on this front. We are delighted to support such a venture'.