A MAJOR Borders education initiative, the Border Union Agricultural Society’s Schools Countryside Day, has been boosted by a £28,500 grant from the Fallago Environment Fund.

This year’s event takes place on Tuesday May 21, and around 1200 Primary Five pupils from over 60 schools across the region are expected at Springwood Park in Kelso, where they will learn about farming, food production and rural life.

The Fallago Environment Fund, comprising Roxburghe Estates, EDF Renewables and Hermes Investment Management, shares the benefits of the Fallago Wind Farm in the Lammermuir Hills with projects across the Borders which enhance the region’s built, natural and cultural environment. The Fund is the main sponsor of the Countryside Day.

Speaking on behalf of the FEF, His Grace, The Duke of Roxburghe, said: “The Border Union’s Schools Countryside Day is a wonderful event which educates the region’s children about their rural environment, and how it is managed and protected, in an engaging way. As well as an appreciation of country life, they also learn about the huge number of diverse and rewarding careers that the countryside offers and which we hope will inspire them to stay, live and work in the region. We’re delighted to be able to support the running of this important event.”

Border Union Agricultural Society executive director, Mags Clark, said: “The Schools Countryside Day is tremendously important to us, and we know that it is enjoyed and greatly valued by the pupils and teachers who participate each year. We’re extremely grateful to the Fallago Environment Fund for its support.”

The event is also supported by Agrii, Bayer CropScience Ltd, BSW Timber, Charity Begins at Home, Ford and Etal Estate, George Marshall Tractors and Case IH, Greenvale AP, Kelso Farmers Market, Sainsbury’s and Scottish Borders Council.