The Rhug Estate welcomed Reception class pupils from Ysgol y Parc, Denbigh, to the farm recently. The group of over 50 children and staff were eager to learn about all the different types of animals on the farm.
Whilst visiting the Rhug, the pupils aged between four and five years old, were given a tour of the farm by Gareth Jones, Rhug Farm Manager. On their way round the farm they got to see the farm’s herd of bison, turkeys, chickens and sheep. The group got to make their own beef burgers and completed their visit in the Rhug playground.
Mrs Price and Mr Lyall-Hay, the class teachers, who accompanied the children on the visit, said, “We were very grateful to the staff at Rhug for accommodating our visit. We often forget what wonderful resources we have on our doorstep. All the children were absolutely fascinated by all the different types of animals they saw during our tour. We were even lucky enough to see baby bison. It is of vital importance that this young generation understand where their food comes from. Our visit was part of our class topic – what’s for dinner?”
The Rhug Estate encourages groups to arrange a tour of the farm to learn more about how organic food is produced in a sustainable way. Educational groups are especially welcome.
Lord Newborough said, “I believe it is part of our job as custodians of this land to impart the knowledge we have to the next generation. I feel it is vitally important to spread the word about how important organic farming is to providing a better, more sustainable and healthy future for the next generation. I am horrified by newspaper articles that state children do not know where their food comes from. I want our future generation of consumers to make an educated choice when it comes to where they buy from.”
At the heart of Rhug is Lord Newborough’s commitment to an organic lifestyle. Rhug Farm is self-contained and a true ‘field to plate’ operation applying the highest standard of sustainability. Using the most sustainable farming practices Rhug prides itself on superior tasting meat products from the north Wales countryside. The organic farming enterprise extends to two farms and has grown over the past 20 years to nearly 8,000 acres. Organic beef, lamb, pork, bison, chicken, turkey, goose, and game when in season, are reared on the farms. Rhug Farm Shop stocks almost 3,000 products from local suppliers and small businesses, this also includes the sale of Rhug products.
Some of the Ysgol y Parc pupils are pictured watching Gary Jones, Rhug Estate’s Production Manager, making beef burgers.