With the end of the school term upon us, Tangmere were delighted to take part in an educational celebration of food and farming at this year’s Connect with the Countryside event held at the South of England Showground in Ardingly.

A total of 2,400 children from 58 primary schools across Brighton and Hove, Sussex and Surrey attended the Connect with the Countryside Day on Thursday 12th July. With links to the National Curriculum, the event celebrates learning that has taken place throughout the academic year with a range of fun, hands-on activities in four special themed zones.

Organised annually by the South of England Agricultural Society the day offers a real opportunity to help educate children about farming, the countryside and the environment and bring them closer to where their food comes from, which is core to the Society’s charitable aims.

Tangmere were proud to be supporting the event for the fourth year running alongside the British Tomato Growers’ Association. Inside the Horticulture and Food zone, the children could gain a better understanding of the journey food goes through from farm to fork – how it’s produced and how it gets to their plates. 

The children got an opportunity to put their taste buds to work and sample peppers and tomatoes, which for some was a first time experience. One teacher carried out a taste test with eyes closed to see if the class could correctly identify the different coloured peppers and the team gave a lesson in the ripening process.

It was a very successful day and of the fruit supplied, we estimate that around 85 kilos of peppers and tomatoes were gobbled up!

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