OVER 1000 school children and teachers from 22 Edinburgh and West Lothian primary schools flocked to the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, earlier this month for the first Royal Highland Educational Trust Lothian Food & Farming Day to be held at the national showground.

Over the two days, the event welcomed pupils between the years of primary five and seven, covering the themes of Scottish food, farming, science and technology and Developing the Young Workforce.

With 27 educational, interactive stands for pupils to engage with, covering topics such as forestry, honeybees, vegetables, live animals, machinery, venison, fruit juicing, animal health, wheat grinding and wool production, there was plenty to keep the youngsters entertained.

This event was organised by project coordinator for RHET Lothian, Karen Valentine, alongside her committee of local volunteers. Each stand was run by agricultural and food production specialists who gave up their time to help educate the young pupils on the important processes involved in food production and the wider supply chain.

It was due to the funding received from the Scottish Government Food and Drink Division and from the Royal Highland and Agricultural Society of Scotland that the pilot event was able to take place. Chairman of RHET Lothian, James Wyllie, commented: “We at RHET Lothian believe it is vital to offer our children the opportunity to learn about how such an apparently simple thing as food is produced and marvel at how our farmers meet that challenge to feed an ever-increasing world population.”