Barnham pupils celebrate harvest with Euston banquet

Chris Riecks, shepherd from La Hogues, with Euston archivist Edward Wortely, headteacher of Barnham CEVC Primary School Amy Arnold,  farm manager for Euston Estate Matthew Hawthorne, owner of Abrey Farms Giles Abrey and pupils Lottie Rogers, Lennon Squires, Emily Hawthorne and Kitty Truman
Chris Riecks, shepherd from La Hogues, with Euston archivist Edward Wortely, headteacher of Barnham CEVC Primary School Amy Arnold, farm manager for Euston Estate Matthew Hawthorne, owner of Abrey Farms Giles Abrey and pupils Lottie Rogers, Lennon Squires, Emily Hawthorne and Kitty Truman
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Pupils marked the end of the growing cycle and celebrated harvest by tucking into a celebratory ‘Euston banquet’ in Barnham on Thursday.

For 10 months children at Barnham CEVC Primary School had worked closely with the Euston Estate to gain first hand experience of farming.

As well as taking bumpy tractor rides to explore the farm, they carried out bio gas experiments with maize leaves and became farmers for the day and harvested crops.

Their learning culminated in a last week’s banquet, which included the Euston Estate’s own reared lamb and beef, parsnips, carrots and potatoes grown in the field next to the school.

Headteacher Amy Arnold said the children and staff were ‘honoured’ to be joined by the team behind the production of the lunch, from the farm manager to the shepherd.

She added: “We strive to make learning memorable and real life for our children. The opportunities to learn in partnership with Euston Estate have been phenomenal.

“The fields surrounding our school are no longer just fields, the children are mini farmers and can tell you all about what is growing, what stage it is at and where the produce will end up.

“Next on the real life learning list is a visit to R G Abrey Farm in East Wretham.”