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.
Do you have visitors to your farm or rural business that invloves contact with animals or livestock Read this first.
The Farming and Countryside Education charity (FACE) has released a Code of Practice on what each farmer or business owner should be doing to prevent the spread of illness form animals to visitors and what risk factors to take into account.
The code is available here, complete with a summary.
The CLA is a partner member of FACE.
Many CLA members are already hosting successful visits. You can read about their experiences and pick up hints and tips here.
Let Nature Feed Your Senses National Conference - 6 September 2011
LEAF is holding a national conference for anyone interested in hosting farm visits on Tuesday 6 September at Reaseheath College, Cheshire. Key note speakers are Jo Schofield and Fiona Danks who authored the Going Wild series of illustrated books full of ideas to make it easier for children to have fun outdoors.
There will also be workshops covering cookery, guided walks and getting creative with natural materials.
For more information including costs and booking please see LEAF website.
New website – Visit My Farm
Any CLA Members looking to open their farms or estates for educational visits may find it useful to visit a new website developed by LEAF in partnership with FACE and Natural England called Visit My Farm.
New Health and Safety Guidance
The Health and Safety Executive has published guidance for those responsible for premises where members of the public, including children, are encouraged to view, touch or pet animals. The guidance can be found on the Health and Safety Executive website.
Funding for Educational Access
Defra has announced that annual revenue payments for some educational access visits will now continue within Higher Level Stewardship (HLS). Payments for capital items to support educational access visits will also continue to be available.
Under HLS, payments will be available for educational visits for school pupils up to and including age 16 and care farming visits (health and educational care services for one or a range of vulnerable groups of people providing a supervised, structured, programme of farming related activities).
Annual payments for visits by those in higher education (A level and above) and for farmer-led walks/talks for special interest and youth groups will not be reinstated.
Natural England, the scheme deliverers, will be contacting the small number of agreement holders who have entered into HLS agreements since December 2010, and those with applications in the pipeline, who had previously expressed an interest in providing educational access visits, to discuss how these can now be incorporated into these agreements. There are no changes to HLS agreements that commenced before 1 December 2010.
For further information please see the Defra website.
As a result of ecoli outbreaks on farms in Devon, Surrey, North Yorkshire and Nottinghamshire last year which left several children seriously ill, the Health Protection Agency carried out an investigation led by Professor George Griffin. The report includes recommendations on the identification and control of outbreaks and advice on risk management.
Top Tips for Hosting a Farm or Estate Visit
The Ernest Cook Trust has produced some top tips for hosting a farm or estate visit including advice on safety, accessibility and activities.
The CLA Game Fair
For the past three 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:
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