The Living Land is a one day free event for Kent and Medway Primary School children. Approximately 3000 children attend the event each year to learn about food, farming and the countryside. Sadly the event did not go ahead this year but we look forward to welcoming everyone back in 2021.
Each year over 50 companies and organisations give up their time to support the event. Please visit their websites to find out more about them.
TOUCH & TASTE
The Touch and Taste area is an indoor area full of educational displays and demonstrations, including the opportunity to taste local produce. Amongst others you will find the following organisations:
Baking Through the Ages – A hands-on baking workshop.
Biddenden Vineyards – Apple and pear juice tasting. www.biddendenvineyards.com
Brogdale Collections – Information and activities about fruit. www.brogdalecollections.org
Cookies Kitchen – Buttermaking www.cookieskitchen.co.uk
Diocese of Canterbury Kent is Delicious – Schools Cookery Competition www.canterburydiocese.org/kentisdelicious
Kent Beekeepers Aspects of beekeeping including observation hive. www.kentbee.com
Kent County Agricultural Society Display of educational material, growing crops, cereals and potatoes. www.kentshowground.co.uk
KFMA Vegetable identification www.kfma.org.uk
Kent Life Food and farming. Minibeast activity and milk Blossom the cow. www.kentlife.org.uk
Kitchen Academy Ride the stationary bike and as if by magic a fruit smoothie is made! The specially built ‘smoothie bike’ provides a novel way of exercising and getting a healthy reward! www.kitchenacademy.co.uk
MB Farms Sausage Tasting www.mbfarms.co.uk
National Fruit Show Fruit tasting www.nationalfruitshow.org.uk
Produced in Kent Ltd Find out what is grown in Kent www.producedinkent.co.uk
Pulses UK Showing the variety of pulses from all around the world www.pulsesuk.co.uk
Wheels of Time Agricultural Heritage www.wheelsoftime.uk
Wild Classroom Combining knowledge of ancient cooking techniques with modern understanding and tastings of food previously cooked over a fire www.wildclassroom.co.uk
DISCOVERY AND MACHINERY
The Discovery area is an area full of educational displays and demonstrations. Amongst others you will find the following organisations:
BASC South East Deer management display with identification and games www.basc.org.uk
Burden Bros Demonstrating the farming cycle with a combine harvester, a cultivator, a tractor and a seeder. www.burdenbros.co.uk
Chatham Historic Dockside A hands on rope making display www.thedockyard.co.uk
Kent Bat Group Discover the truth about bats www.kentbatgroup.org.uk
Kent Guild of Spinners, Dyers and Weavers “The Tale of a Woolly Jumper”. Demonstrations of how the fleece shorn from the sheep becomes a garment to wear. www.kgsdw.btck.co.uk
Kent Scouts A variety of activities based on the countryside and the scouting programme. www.kentscouts.org.uk
Kent Poultry Club Poultry in show pens www.kentpoultryclub.org.uk
Leeds Castle Birds of Prey on display and interaction between falconers, education leaders and visitors www.leeds-castle.com
Medway Valley Countryside Partnership Forest school environmental education and activities www.medwayvalley.org
NFU Roadshow Farming fun books and activities www.nfuonline.com/lets-talk-farming
Rochester Bridge Trust Supporting engineering education www.rochesterbridgetrust.org.uk
RNLI Water safety activities www.rnli.org/youth-education
UK Power Networks Interactive walk in jigsaw, spot the dangers magnetic game and interactive ‘can I have my ball back’ substation game. www.ukpowernetworks.co.uk
Wessex Archaeology Help our environmental archaeologists build a picture of life in the past by getting hands on with ancient snails and pollen extracted from deep beneath the land under our feet. www.wessexarch.co.uk
Woodlands Farm Trust Children will be able to take part in a timed milking challenge, as well as learning about farming. www.thewoodlandsfarmtrust.org
The Animal Zone is an outdoor marquee full of farm animals on display that the children can touch and learn about. Amongst others you will find the following:
Kent Young Farmers’ Clubs membership comprises of young people aged between 10 and 26 years. Several clubs will be showing their animals including cattle, sheep, chickens and rabbits. www.kentyfc.co.uk
Hoggs Corner Mobile Farm The farm includes animals such as sheep, goats, chickens, geese and of course, pigs alongside educational talks.
Working Horses demonstrating the role heavy horses play in management and conservation of our environment.
BIRDS OF PREY
The Birds of Prey are demonstrated by The Hawking Centre, consisting of over 60 birds of prey covering an amazing 33 different species. www.thehawkingcentre.co.uk
THE SHEEP SHOW
The team from New Zealand presents a fun and educational live show of sheep breeds and shearing. “Nobby the Norfolk Horn” stands centre stage while other sheep are introduced to their podiums. We learn about each breed’s attributes and how wool from the sheep’s back becomes a jumper to wear. The highlight of the show is “The Sheep Show Hustle” with dancing sheep! www.thesheepshow.co.uk
For further ideas and educational material, please click the link below and explore the websites of the companies listed.