Education wins as exceptional farms from around the country are celebrated

20th September 2017: 

Greatworth Hall, near Banbury in Oxfordshire has been acclaimed as the overall winner of the prestigious Bayer Farming & Countryside Education Awards, which celebrate the very best in food and farming education.

Rosie Jeffries from Greatworth Hall was one of five winners at a lunch in London’s Banking Hall in front of over a hundred guests from the world of agriculture and education, having earlier scooped the Farm School Partnership Award.

Head Judge, Janet Hickinbottom, National Education Officer at Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) the charity helping to organise the awards said, “The competition this year was extremely fierce but the judges were really impressed with how Rosie and the team at Greatworth Hall have been able to make farming and the environment relevant to all parts of the school curriculum, and we were delighted to present them with the Farm School Partnership Award.” This award is presented to a farm or organisation which is making an outstanding contribution to improving young people’s understanding of the food and farming sector.

Michael Muncey, Head of Business for Bayer Crop Science in the UK, which helped organise the competition, said: “Greatworth Hall is a very worthy winner of this award. It is fantastic to see the sheer enthusiasm of people trying to reconnect young people with where their food comes from. Farmers, growers and other organisations up and down the country are doing some amazing work when it comes to making UK agriculture relevant to the next generation, and we believe it is worth celebrating their achievements.” 

The winners of the individual awards were thus: 

Award

Citation

Winner

Location

The Access Award

For a farm which demonstrates outstanding achievement in the area of encouraging access for pupils with special needs, disaffected students or disadvantaged young people.

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust

Nr Sheffield

The Biodiversity Award

For a farm which encourages young people to develop a greater understanding of the importance of biodiversity - in general or for a specific species.

High Crane Lodge

Hamsterley near Bishop Auckland

The Future of Farming Award

For a farm which is making an outstanding contribution to improving young people’s understanding of the food and farming sector.

Brockhill Farm

Saltwood, near Hythe

The Farm School Partnership Award

For a farm building successful relationships with one or several schools, making a valuable and sustained contribution to school life, both on and away from the farm.

Greatworth Hall

Nr Banbury

Inspiring Educator

For a farmer or team who have initiated inspiring new learning experiences which are seen as something really unusual or particularly innovative and effective in terms of the learning that children have on the farm or back in the classroom

Barleylands Farm

Billericay, Essex

  

Learn more about our Award Winners

The Access Award: Winner Whirlow Hall Farm Trust

https://youtu.be/chkFmZk7LtcVisit Whirlow Hall Farm Trust website.

About The Access Award

For a farm which demonstrates outstanding achievement in the area of encouraging access for pupils with special needs, disaffected students or disadvantaged young people. Working with a school or group to identify the best way of providing a meaningful learning experience. The winner is... Whirlow Hall Farm Trust!

The Biodiversity Award: Winner High Crane Lodge

http://www.countrysideclassroom.org.uk/places/5281

About The Biodiversity Award

For a farm which encourages young people to develop a greater understanding of the importance of biodiversity - in general or for a specific species. Highlighting the importance of biodiversity, which is vital to a region’s wildlife survival.

The Future of Farming Award: Winner Brockhill Farm

http://www.brockhill.kent.sch.uk/247/farm-farm-shop

About The Future of Farming Award

For a farm which is making an outstanding contribution to improving young people’s understanding of the food and farming sector. Activities may be across any or all age ranges to include, for example, encouraging entrepreneurship through school farmers’ markets, offering work experience or explaining career opportunities.

The Farm School Partnership Award: Winner Great Worth Hall

http://www.greatworthhall.com/

About The Farm School Partnership Award

For a farm building successful relationships with one or several schools, making a valuable and sustained contribution to school life, both on and away from the farm. This might include contribution to curriculum activities, helping with growing activities or developing an ongoing programme of learning.

The Inspiring Educator Award: Winner Barleylands Farm

www.barleylands.co.uk

About The Inspiring Educator Award

For a farmer or team who have initiated inspiring new learning experiences which are seen as something really unusual or particularly innovative and effective in terms of the learning that children have on the farm or back in the classroom.

Overall Winner: Great Worth Hall

http://www.greatworthhall.com/

All the winners

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