Education: open up your land to countryside visits!
The CLA encourages its members to host countryside visits on their land. From small holdings, to large estates, woodlands and equine businesses, they can all provide a fantastic countryside experience.
There are a number of different ways CLA members can get involved. It could be a one-off farm open day, starting a forest school, or offering work experience to agricultural or land management students.
Many CLA members are already hosting successful visits. You can read about their experiences and pick up hints and tips here.
Open Farm Sunday – your chance to get involved – 13 June 2010
Open Farm Sunday is the ideal opportunity to show the public why farmers and land managers are so important to the countryside.
Whether you lead a farm walk, offer tractor and trailer rides or sell your goods at a mini farmers market everyone has something different to offer.
And there is something to gain too - you could improve sales, make new contacts and educate your visitors about food and the environment at the same time.
The Open Farm Sunday website has a wealth of information to help you arrange your event and LEAF, who organise the event, is offering half day workshops through March and April to help you get started.
CLA Game Fair
For the past two years, the CLA has arranged a countryside visit of its own, inviting inner-city schoolchildren to spend a day at The CLA Game Fair. The visits have been funded by The CLA Charitable Trust which works to help those who are disabled or disadvantaged to visit the countryside, provides the needed facilities and promotes education in agriculture, horticulture and conservation.
For more information about the CLA Charitable Trust and the grants it provides please visit the Charitable Trust area of this website. The school visits to The CLA Game Fair have also been supported by The Country Trust and The Ernest Cook Trust.
If you are interested in hosting a countryside education visit, the following organisations may be of interest:
The Country Trust
Countryside Educational Visits Accreditation Scheme
The Countryside Foundation for Education
The Ernest Cook Trust
Farming and Countryside Education
Game To Eat
Learning Outside the Classroom
The National Trust
National Federation of Young Farmers Clubs
Think Food and Farming
To help CLA members with countryside education visits, CLA Insurance Services has agreed to extend the public liability section of cover for participating policyholders at no extra cost. The company will also supply a safety checklist to help your events run successfully. For additional insurance cover to be effective, members should contact CLA Insurance Services in advance of the event taking place. For more information, please contact Adrian Lockyer on 01234 408601.
If you are a CLA member currently providing school visits we would be interested to hear from you. Please contact Jessie Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7235 0511.
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