Over 300 children from local schools came to Badminton over 2 days, in the glorious sunshine, to learn about farming, the joys of the countryside and the outdoors. Aged between 5 and 11 years the children from primary and special educational needs schools in Gloucestershire, enjoyed a taste of country life from the outdoor classroom setup in the grounds of beautiful Badminton park.
During the groups’ visit to the Duke of Beaufort’s kennels the children learnt about kennel routine from Matt Ramsden, one of the joint Masters of the Duke of Beaufort’s Hunt, and saw hounds being fed. The children were able to get up close to the hounds and younger puppies, stroking and playing with them.
As well as the Beaufort hounds playing an important role in meeting the children, the Beaufort Hunt supporters play a key part in the running of the Countryside days at Badminton – “No other industry is so willing to give up their time to educate the young”, said Gary Richardson, Chief Executive of Countryside Learning, “the feedback is always positive because it is so valuable for the children to be in a real environment, seeing animals and observing the inner workings of the countryside”.
These types of hands on learning environments are exceptionally valuable, they allow children to understand and appreciate the ways in which the countryside is managed, with professionalism and compassion. A Hunt Spokesman said “It is so rewarding seeing children engaging with the countryside and farming. A huge Thank you to all those involved with the running of the 2 days”.