Law firm brings children to farm

A class of Year 3 children from St Lawrence RC Primary School in Byker swapped classroom for countryside for their day visit to Broxfield Farm near Alnwick, organised by educational charity The Country Trust.

The children, many of whom had never experienced life on a working farm before, learned how to care for the animals, helped out with farm tasks and discovered more about the journey food takes from farm to fork.

Like most charities, we depend on donations and North East law firm Muckle LLP kindly helped fund this visit and also sent along one of their solicitors to volunteer on the day.

David Thompson, assistant director of The Country Trust, said: “I think it’s important for farmers to share their knowledge and passion. By bringing urban and rural communities together, we gain a shared respect and understanding of the countryside as a place of possibilities and on which livelihoods depend.”

Paul Brown, head teacher of St Lawrence RC Primary School, said: “The partnership with The Country Trust is invaluable to our school and our children.

“We are constantly seeking to give them experiences that they would not ordinarily have to widen their view of the world and extend their range of vocabulary. This is a cornerstone of our curriculum and we would like to give our thanks to David and to Muckle for their contribution in making this partnership possible.”

Beth Thompson, a solicitor in Muckle LLP’s agriculture team who volunteered to muck in and help out during the school’s visit, added: “I love being in the countryside so I really enjoyed using some of my annual volunteering leave to support David.

“Muckle LLP is committed to giving back to North East communities and it’s such a pleasure to see these pupils broadening their horizons in a way which can only serve to aid their personal development and life experience.”

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