31 May 2002

Rural taste for London kids

OVER 3500 inner-city school children saw, touched, tasted and smelt the countryside when it arrived in Syon Park, London, last week. Now in its third year, Countryside Live has grown from humble beginnings to an event with over 60 organisations, all dedicated to giving children a taste of the countryside, its origins as the food basket of Britain and explaining country crafts, skills and activities.

Overwhelmed by the success of Countryside Live, Dawn Goodfellow, chief executive of the Countryside Foundation for Education already has plans to extend it to two-days next year. "We like to be able to manage the numbers so that all the children who want to take part in an activity, can," explains Dawn. "But at the same time we dont like turning schools away. I am sure that all the organisations which support Countryside Live will be happy to run over two days if we can double the number of children."