Apple juice flows freely for St Oswald’s at Haye Farm
St Oswald's schoolchildren had the opportunity to visit Haye Farm in Ribbesford, Worcestershire. The 50 acre farm boasts over 80 different types of fruit trees, Dexter cattle and Wiltshire sheep and our farm host Stuart was on hand to show all that the farm had to offer.
The schoolchildren started their day with a puddle-filled walk to meet and feed Dexter cattle, a rare breed of cow originally from Ireland and known for its short legs.
They then walked back through the meadows to see the apple orchards. The children showed off their picking skills, choosing different colours and sizes and arranging them in different orders.
Just when they thought the rain couldn’t get any stronger, they found out that they were wrong. But the children, bolstered by their waterproofs and wellies, kept their spirits up. They also learnt a new trick – catching raindrops on their tongue. We were even introduced to the concept of ‘raindrop hiccups’ by one of the children.
After lunch, the children went straight back outside to pound, squeeze and squash the apples they had picked earlier. It was the first time for all of them seeing an apple press and they were amazed at the juiciness of their apples – 6 whole pints were made! The juice was sweet and delicious, one of the nicest apple juices our Coordinator had ever had.
Lastly, the children released some energy with a run up the hill to see Wiltshire sheep being fed. On the way they inspected molehills, mushrooms, and even ants through magnifying glasses.
It was an enjoyable and informative day for the schoolchildren. One child even stated that it was ‘one of the best days ever’!
The Country Trust has been working with the farm hosts and schools for over 40 years to bring a wide variety of educational topics alive to schoolchildren through real working farms.