Published: 01/03/2013 14:58

Pupils line up as school welcome new farm guests

Written byBY JAMES BRINDLE

THE lambing season is under way with spring on the horizon and it’s a favourite time of year for pupils at a school near Rocester.

Pupils at Abbotsholme School queue up to be on lambing duty when the sheep start lambing at the school’s farm.

Abbotsholme began lambing late last month and so far pupils have helped bring nine lambs into the world and a few more due to come.

Those lambs that have been born so far have been described as ‘healthy and lively’.

Two days after lambing began the school said it was already sending some of its sheep off to market.

According to Abbotsholme its ethos is to ensure that all aspects of farming and the environment are explored.

Christina Liddle, head of estate education, said, “It is really important for pupils to experience the whole life cycle of the animals on the farm, from farm to fork.

“The 70-acre working farm at Abbotsholme plays an important part in the all round education of our pupils who have every opportunity to get involved whether in lambing, rearing, feeding or learning about the food process.”

Abbotsholme is welcoming prep school visits over the next few weeks for pupils to hold the lambs and get to experience a bit of farm life.

Anyone wishing to go along and view the lambs can also do so when the school holds an open day this Saturday from 9.30am.

Those wanting to book a place can contact Michele Archer on 01889 594261.

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