Countryside Learning

Promoting knowledge and understanding in the countryside

We are passionate about raising awareness and understanding of the countryside, food and farming and bringing valuable learning opportunities about the countryside and land-based industries to all ages.

Our four annual shows give all ages an opportunity to get close up to the countryside and discover the importance of a sustainable, thriving rural environment.

We also offer an extensive outdoor and indoor education programme that promotes knowledge and understanding of rural communities and develops an interest and respect for agriculture and the people who live and work on the land.

Our portfolio of educational resources and partnerships helps parents, teachers, pupils and land based professionals engage directly with the countryside and even receive funding.

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Celebrating schools achievements at the South of England Show 

Primary and secondary schools in the area were invited to take part in a competition as part of the South of England Show 50th anniversary celebrations.




Categories included:

Category 1

Grow any plants or vegetables in any container with the display representing the number 50

Category 2

Make a scrapbook showing 50 things you love about the Great British Countryside

Category 3

Write and e-mail a poem about your photo of the Great British Countryside

A huge amount of time and effort went into the entries which were submitted. The judges, renowned horticulturists Jim Buttress and Robert Player (Growing entries) Fiona Windsor, The Archdeacon of Horsham (Scrapbook entries) and local poet, Phillip Coote (photo and poems) were very impressed with the quality entries and had a very difficult time deciding on the winning places.

Growing entry

Key Stage 1

Winner                               Bolnore Village Primary School

Highly Commended        Stone Cross Primary School

Commended                      Wisborough Green Primary School

Key Stage 2

Winner                             Seaford Primary School

Highly Commended      Audley Primary School

Commended                    Bolnore Village Primary School

Key Stage 3

Winner                               St Richard’s Catholic College

Scrapbook entry

Key Stage 1 

Winner                              The Towers Junior School

Highly Commended       Bolnore Village Primary School

Commended                     Cottesmore School

Key Stage 2

Winner                               Audley Primary School

Highly Commended       Dormansland Primary School

Commended                     The Towers Junior School

Key Stage 3

Winner                              Ardingly College

Highly Commended        St Philip Howard Catholic High School

Photo and Poems Key Stage 1 –

Winner – Audley Primary School

Highly Commended – Cottesmore School

Commended – The Towers Junior School

Photo and Poems Key Stage 2

Winner – The Towers Junior School

Highly Commended – Great Walstead School

Commended – Bolnore Village Primary School

Photo and Poems Key Stage 3

Winner – St Richard’s Catholic College

Highly Commended – Great Walstead School

Commended – St Richard’s Catholic College