GEORGE LAWRIE this morning set off on his Massey Ferguson marathon, celebrating 20 years of the Royal Highland Education Trust taking the ‘classroom to the countryside’.

RHET board chairman George will be visiting 12 Scottish schools on his 600-mile tour, which will culminate in a grand finale at the Royal Highland Show. His aim is to raise £10 from sponsors for every mile travelled.

Mr Lawrie said: “I will be visiting two schools per day spending around two hours at each school. These visits will be about more than just a tractor as each individual Countryside Initiative will be bringing in volunteers to talk about farming in their area."

Supporting the trip, farm machinery dealer the Hamilton Ross Group have supplied RHET with a Massey Ferguson tractor from their Reekie Ltd Perth depot. General Manager, Sam Mercer said: “We are delighted to support this fantastic fundraising initiative. RHET provide young people with an invaluable understanding and enthusiasm for Scottish agriculture and the countryside, something which is crucial to the future of our industry.”

Behind the MF, Allison Enterprises and the Binn Group, both of Glenfarg, have supplied a trailer carrying a Highland cow sculpture made from recycled farm metal and crafted by Kev Paxton of ArtFe, Ratho.

This eyecatching piece of agricultural art has been donated to RHET – and it could be yours when it goes under the hammer at a gala dinner later on in the year.

George added: “We are indebted to the generosity of these companies allowing us to undertake this tour. Please follow our Facebook page to hear when other companies sign up their support. You can also check out our JustGiving page to pledge your support and help us with the challenge of raising £10 for every mile travelled.”