Alex gives lessons in farming

Alex Robertson and the pupils from  Penninghame Primary
Alex Robertson and the pupils from Penninghame Primary

A local farmer is the latest volunteer to join a network of educators teaching the next generation about food and farming in Dumfries and Galloway.

Alex Robertson, farm manager at Coopon Carse near Palnure, is the most recent volunteer to work with the Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET), a charity that aims to give every Scottish pupil the opportunity to learn about food, farming and the countryside. Coopon Carse is one of six farms owned by Koepon Holdings based in the Netherlands.

As a RHET volunteer, Alex will host RHET risk-assessed visits for local children on the dairy farm, which boasts modern and impressive facilities. Volunteer farmers also visit schools, sharing their expertise in farming and food topics. Alex hosted a visit from a group of Penninghame Primary pupils, who enjoyed an insight into dairy farming in the area, learning the journey milk takes from the cow to the carton.

RHET’s network of 500 volunteers across Scotland is vital to the charity’s work and successes. With the support of farmers and other volunteers in the local community who generously give their time and expertise, RHET Dumfries & Galloway Countryside Initiative (DGCI) co-ordinated 90 farm visits and 119 classroom speaker talks in the 2012/2013 academic year. All RHET services are free to schools.

Farm visits and class talks can be tailored to suit a specific topic and tie in with the.

Fiona Jamieson, RHET Dumfries and Galloway project co-ordinator, said: “Without our hard-working volunteers willing to host farm visits and provide classroom talks, the work of RHET Dumfries and Galloway Countryside Initiative would grind to a halt. Alex Robertson is a welcome addition to our volunteer team. The combination of Alex’s knowledge and the facilities at Coopon Carse provide a superb learning resource for schools in the Newton Stewart area.”