HUNDREDS of school children spent a day learning about animals and where food comes from after a community group organised a trip to a farm.
The Rotary Club of Bretby took 143 children, from Edge Hill Junior School, Stapenhill, and Woodville Junior School, Woodville, as well as 17 helpers to the farm at Chatsworth House.
During the trip, the youngsters learned about agriculture, the countryside and how animals are reared and cared for.
Barry Wood, who has run the organisation’s kids’ club for seven years, told the Mail different schools from East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire are picked to take part in the trip each year.
He said: “It was a fantastic trip. We chose Chatsworth because it’s a place where children learn about life on the farm and where food comes from.
“They have hands-on experience with the animals.
“The guides were fantastic because they encourage the children to ask questions about life on the farm.
“Some children have never seen animals. A few years ago we had children who didn’t know where milk or meat came from and we have this response every year.”
The children then drew pictures of the animals which will be included in the rotary club’s archives.
Staffordshire County Council, East Staffordshire Borough Council, Derbyshire County Council, South Derbyshire District Council, Swadlincote Community and Voluntary Service and the charity Kids Out all contributed grants to fund the trip.
Mr Woods added that everyone at the rotary club was grateful for their financial support which allowed the trip to go ahead.
He said: “It’s difficult to raise funds and it’s only with the help of these organisations that we can do the event.
“The schools are 100 per cent behind the project.
“I’m sure they would say the kids had a great day out.”