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Clifton Green School visit Abbey Home Farm with help from Benenden

20th July 2015

A group of children from Clifton Green school visited Abbey Home Farm for a four-day residential trip after winning a competition with the Food for Life partnership. Local health and wellbeing provider Benenden stepped in to help out with the cost of travel, allowing the children to benefit from this educational visit to the organic farm in Gloucestershire. 

The four-day trip was won after the children set up their own school allotment and sold product at a ‘Farmers’ Market’, creating a blog outlining why they would benefit from a visit to the farm to enhance their knowledge and experience in this area.

Over the course of the trip the 10 children got the chance to experience staying in the countryside and seeing how food is grown organically. Abbey Home Farm, which is based in Cirencester is an organic farm with cows, sheep and arable land where they grow much of the food that the children harvested and ate during their stay.

Jackie Holmes at Clifton Green said: “This trip to Abbey Farm has been a life changing opportunity for some of our year six children and we were delighted to win the competition. Our children have really benefited from learning about sustainable environments and organic farming in a way which made what we’ve been talking about the classroom really come to life.

“Benenden were very happy to assist us with the cost of the travel for this which has been a fantastic help. All the children hugely enjoyed the trip and loved the opportunity to see what a real farm was actually like!”

Nicola Taylor, Communications Co-ordinator at Benenden said: “When the school approached us we were eager to do something to help them out – after all the work they’d done to win the competition they deserved to have a fantastic trip. This is part of our overall community relations work where we look to support small, local schools and organisations around the country and make a difference. We are so glad the children have a fantastic time at the Farm!”

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