School pupils to get down on the farm for real experience

THOUSANDS OF FAMILIES will descend on a Moray farm on Sunday when Pitgaveny just outside Lossiemouth opens their gates to the public.

The popular bi-annual event is sure to be packed from 11am to 4pm – and will be again 24 hours later when the farm owners and staff entertain around 200 pupils from Elgin Academy.

Farm manager Martin Birse said that the link with the local school will allow pupils to learn about different aspects of agriculture – and how crucial the work of farms such as Pitgaveny is.

“We need to create opportunities for young people,” he said, adding: “The need to come on farms as it will help them understand the work that we do.”

The farm is owned by brother and sister team Crinan and Rebecca Russell, with Rebecca saying that they were delighted to be able to work with Elgin Academy staff for the visit: “We’ve been able to work with staff to put together a range of topics that help show the careers involved in a real farming business.”

Sunday’s open day is expected to attract around 2000 visitors to the farm with proceeds generated set to provide a boost to three local charities – EarthTime, Quarriers and REAP.

Entry to the day is £5 for adults with children under-15 admitted free of charge. It should be noted that no dogs are allowed and there is only limited wheelchair access.