The children that most need connection with the land are those least able to access it. The Country Trust brings the countryside, farming and food alive for children who wouldn’t otherwise get to experience it.
Over the years, we’ve seen the magical effect it has on them… Getting their hands in the soil; meeting farmers; tentatively tasting vegetables, often for the first time. Watching in awe as a lamb is born. Anxiously refusing to try real bread, until, that is, they’ve had the chance to grind the grain into flour for themselves.
It’s about giving children what they need to explore where food comes from, first-hand. Igniting a connection to the land that sustains us all. Because we’re losing that connection.
When children get the chance to explore for themselves where food comes from, the knock-on effect for their health and the natural world is huge.
There are other benefits too. Teachers tell us how it builds vocabulary, imagination, curiosity and confidence.
This, is the stuff of change. The spark of opportunity.