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Land-based Skills: Countryside Courses & Activities

Land-based skills days encompassing varied aspects of the countryside to accommodate newcomers to farming, school learners; youth and community groups and school holiday activities.

Acquire practical knowledge and understanding in: farm animal welfare, stock handling; relevant legislation; cereal and grassland management; machinery handling and environmental management.

Choose activities to create your own countryside experience: sausage making, burger-making, bread-making, corn dollies, fishing, gundog training, animal care (goats, chickens, calves, dogs), festive flowers, farm walks, willow weaving, winter & summer planters, bushcraft, and more…

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Land-based Skills

Courses providing practical knowledge and understanding to people working within or, new to the land-based sector. Day courses: cattle foot-trimming; sheep foot-trimming; tractor driving; ploughing; telescopic handler; ATV (quad-bike) training; sheep shearing; calf disbudding; and more.

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Information and guidance incorporating practical skills for newcomers to the countryside wishing to produce their own food and keep livestock. Courses entail: requirements of farm animals - welfare (regular stock tasks); legislation (records, passports, movement papers, etc); handling farm animals and cost-effective handling systems; grassland & crop management; tractor driving & machinery operation. Courses can be tailored to meet individuals needs.

Farm Tours

A guided tour of a working farm explaining “food from field to table”. From school groups to community groups, the tour incorporates welfare and food production and can be linked to the National Curriculum, Duke of Edinburgh Awards, Scouts/Guides Badges and focus on your particular interests.

Sausage Making

Schools

Has your school embraced 'The Extra Mile Project' offering alternative learning experiences to school learners? We provide popular and engaging educational activities for school students who do not necessarily thrive in a traditional school setting and can develop this into career opportunities in land-based industries. Funding via this project can assist with transport costs and, with effective planning can ensure a diverse activity filled day on the farm.


Visits available throughout Staffordshire to a variety of farming enterprises e.g. dairy, beef, sheep, cereal, etc.Rugby&Guns 028

Example day:

09.30 Arrive Introductions - Tour of farm. Walk & talk: farm practice; land-use; identification of trees/plants; farm animals - various ages, management, purpose

Noon Picnic lunch or B-B-Q from quality reared on-farm produce

12.45 Bread-making session/sausage making/corn dollies

14.45 Depart

Countryside management

Conservation

A structured day to raise peoples awareness and understanding of the countryside around them.

Activities may include:

A range of accredited shooting assessments available:

Example day: Bushcraft

09.30 Introductions and country walk to camp area identifying plants and trees on way explain the countryside code. Collect fire wood. Build shelter & campfire. Cook food

Noon Picnic lunch or campfire produce

12.45 Living off 'wild food' - plants and animals. Identify available foods in area. Explain methods of collecting food- relate to legislation and countryside code.

14.00 Make camp safe and leave as found Return to meeting point.

14.45 Depart

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Walks or visits may be arranged in your area. Contact us for further details to arrange a visit to suit your requirements.