As schools finish for the summer, we reflect on our community activities…

Since the start of our growing season and the appearance of the first red peppers, Tangmere has been busy engaging with local schools and colleges across the region; helping young people to have a greater understanding about where their food comes from.

Our growing experts have hosted some 126 students ranging in age from 5-17yrs, providing ‘hands-on’ tours of the glasshouses to explain the stages involved from seedling to picked pepper.

Tangmere Manager, Bob Horn: “It’s very rewarding to introduce young people to the nursery, to explain how we grow the crops, and observe the look of surprise on their faces. I’m always amazed by the variety of questions asked and hope it’s a learning experience they will take home.”

Outside of the business, Tangmere exhibited at this year’s ‘South of England Show’ in June, organised by the South of England Agricultural Society (SEAS). For 2015, the Society’s chosen theme is ‘The Next Generation’ with the aim of attracting young people into careers in the farming and food industry, as well as highlighting innovation in food, growing, and the countryside.

Inside the plant marquee, our display formed part of the ‘Windows of Horticulture’ exhibit and provided an opportunity to raise awareness of modern horticulture alongside sustainable garden designs from local horticulture students.

This month, Tangmere is proud to be supporting the Society’s ‘Connect with the Countryside’ educational day for primary schools linked to the National Curriculum. Pupils can learn about food production and taste local peppers!

Photos ©Steve Robard Photography on behalf of the South of England Agricultural Society

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