A rather cold and windy day greeted the school children from Wychall School in Birmingham as they visited the farm today. However after the forecast on Friday we managed to stay outside all day, which was a bonus. The children started off being split into 4 groups, the first looking at the vegetables being grown in the kitchen garden. There isn't much at this time of year but a healthy supply of sprouts, cabbages, leeks and potatoes. The second group called in at the green house and inspected the limes and flowers, from much warmer climates. The third group came along with me to look at habitats and sheep. Standing by the field entrance how many habitats could we see? We easily spotted parkland trees, woodland, grassland, verges and a pond, a great game of eye spy. The last group went to the Estate workshop to meet up with Alan and Simon to learn about the types of wood we use; and to make what, on the Estate and what a diverse natural material it is! The children all rotated around the four groups for an hour, with the movement keeping everyone warm!
After a very hearty soup, made with vegetables the children saw earlier in the day growing in the kitchen garden and a warm up in the village hall; it was off in the coach to have a look at a field of Oilseed Rape. Here we looked at the roots and earthworms, all helping to improve the soil and re-cycle the previous crop material. Apart form someone falling over in the mud, everyone had a great day out and headed back to Birmingham with the fresh air filling their lungs.