TEN MIGHTY tractors driven by Royal Highland Education Trust volunteer farmers made tracks to every primary school in the Scottish Borders last week, covering hundreds of miles and visiting over 4000 school children.
“How tall is the tractor?”, “How big is the engine?” and “How fast does it go?” were just some of the questions that the 30 strong volunteer group grappled with as the eager students filled their boots with farming facts.
Joining the tractor tour was MP for Berwickshire, Roxburgh and Selkirk, Calum Kerr, who was at Burgh Primary School. He said: “This was an excellent initiative to increase everyone’s awareness of country life. Agriculture and rural industries play such a huge part in the economy of the Scottish Borders and the task of getting young people to stay in rural areas and work our rural economy is vital. So congratulations to RHET for all their efforts in taking this important task forward.”
To increase RHET's funds, recipes collected from schools during the tour will feature in a recipe book brimming with local ingredients. The book will be sold in May from the charity’s website and at local agricultural shows.