SCHOOL CHILDREN from the Carse of Gowrie catchment area have taken part in a free food and farming day organised by the Royal Highland Education Trust in Perth and Kinross, and sponsored by the Scottish Government's food and drink industry division.

Dr Ian and Sheena Graham, owners of Balgay Farm, opened their gates for the event which educated pupils about local farming and food production. Iain Wilkinson, with support from the Grahams, had worked hard to ensure everything was in place for the children to have a safe, fun and educational experience.

The sun shone for the event and children enjoyed learning about the care of cattle and sheep, the machinery used on Balgay Farm, the production of potatoes in Scotland and all about the assurance standards and health benefits of Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork.

“Thank you so much for a fabulous morning at Balgay Farm – we had a ball," said Ms Stewart, of Longforgan Primary School. "The children had a great time and learned lots which we are hoping to continue working on in class.”

RHET Perth and Kinross coordinator Alix Ritchie explained: “Food and farming days provide an excellent opportunity for children to learn about food production – they wouldn’t be possible without all of our volunteers and I am grateful to all of them, especially the Grahams and Iain who hosted the event, for all their continued support in championing this cause."