This year’s Kenilworth Agricultural Show is aiming to educate children about the earth beneath their feet with a series of activities.
A series of stands are being set up inside a marquee at the show in Stoneleigh Park on Saturday June 4 to teach youngsters about soil in a fun and engaging way.
This year’s educational area was the idea of the activities group that is part of the Kenilworth and District Agriculture Society, the show’s organisers.
Jef Tuyn, president elect of the society, believes the activities are essential to the future of the farming industry.
He said: “A lot of the society’s members are families, so as well as providing a memorable day out, we feel there is also a need to help parents to teach their children about the importance of the countryside.
“We’re trying to do this in an engaging way so that their experience of agriculture will stick with them, and who knows, it may encourage them to pursue farming and agriculture as a career.”
The University of Warwick Life Sciences Faculty is inviting children to explore the hidden elements of soil using microscopes to spot different micro-organisms within it.
And agriculture company Syngenta will be on hand to show families the step-by-step process of how a crop is grown, from planting seeds to cultivation.
A presentation by the Warwickshire Wildlife Trust will also allow children to discover the world of insects and other minibeasts to highlight the importance of wildlife to the countryside.
The stands were made possible thanks to a donation from the Elizabeth Creak Charitable Trust.
Jef added: “We’re incredibly grateful for the funding from the trust, as without this we wouldn’t have been able to have added the new education area to the show.”