Top charity is for children
THE Devon-based charity, Farms for City Children, has won this years Laurent-Perrier Country Life rural charity of the year award.
The Farms for City Children scheme offers children living in towns and cities the chance to become farmers for a week. Groups of 40 youngsters and their teachers come to stay at Nethercott, Iddesleigh, and go out in all weathers to help feed the pigs, geese, cattle and sheep, collect the eggs, deliver lambs and muck out the barns and the dairy.
The scheme was founded as a charitable trust in 1972 by Clare and Michael Morpurgo with the help of a neighbouring farming family. The charity now has three farms and it aims to give urban children between the ages of eight and 13 first-hand experience of life on a farm.