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School kids learn about farming

ALL CHILDREN in Scotland will have the chance to learn about farming thanks and its role in food production thanks to a new DVD.

The Royal Highland Education Trust is launching a new DVD resource called 'Scotland's Farming Year', which will be available free to all primary schools.

The DVD focuses on health and wellbeing, science and social studies. Its aim is to provide a comprehensive introduction to farming in Scotland, its role in food production and the countryside.

Structured around the four seasons and taking a year to film, the resource covers topics such as Scotland's rural environment, the dynamic nature of food, farming and countryside activities. It was funded by the Scottish government food and rrink industry division, the DVD was filmed on several Scottish farms and is designed to supplement RHET's school visit and classroom speaker programme. In 2012, RHET organised almost 700 schools visits to farms the length and breath of the country.

Commenting on the launch, which took place on February 6 at the Royal Highland Centre, RHET's manager, Alison Motion, said: "This DVD supplements other initiatives undertaken by RHET designed to build bridges between farmers, producers and children. This resource ties in with food, farming, the countryside and Scotland; four topics where RHET can give world-class experiential learning opportunities."

RHET currently has direct contact with around 70,000 children in Scotland through a network of co-ordinators and volunteers. It aims to reach one in four children by 2020 with various experiential learning opportunities, all of which are available free to Scottish primary and secondary schools.

Filmed entirely in Scotland, Graeme Mowat from Cinecosse has produced the DVD for RHET.

To request a copy of the DVD, visit www.rhet.org.uk or email rhetinfo@rhass.org.uk.

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