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Wow! 1 in 7 Brits have not visited the countryside for two or more years

New research has shown that seven in ten (69%) Brits feel they are losing touch with nature, with a further 13% admitted they have not been to the countryside for more than two years. The study, commissioned by Jordans Cereals, comes at a time when a recent conference said that the future of agriculture and food production lies with young people. Something at Mrs Dowsons, we are passionate about. 'worrying results' Mrs Dowson said, " these worrying results just show how important the work we carry out at the farm. Our latest program, #explorethefarm, is focused on giving visiting families a great family while educating them about farming life and the importance of farms" And according to new

Provide children better farm education, new strategy announced.

It comes as news that many British children don't know where milk comes from... A new educational partnership has been agreed to deliver food and farming information to children. The Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (AHDB) has agreed the new education strategy with the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF). The new approach, which launches in April 2018, will see AHDB move away from being a ‘delivery arm’ for education and towards becoming a knowledge hub for food and farming education information. It will focus on a higher strategic level of delivery for education. The new approach will also look to address industry gaps where AHDB can add value in education while allowing for be

British children lack basic food knowledge, survey shows

A survey conducted by the British Nutrition Foundation (BNF) has revealed some serious misconceptions children have about food. According to new research by the BNF, which spoke to more than 27,500 children across the UK, cheese comes from plants, tomatoes grow underground and fish fingers are made of chicken. Nearly a third (29%) of five to seven-year-olds thought that cheese came from a plant, not an animal, while one in four older primary school pupils (aged eight to 11) thought the same. Pasta comes from an animal, according more than one in ten (13%) of eight to 11 year olds, and a quarter of primary school children say that cheese comes from plants. Knowledge about vegetables is also p

Farm First: Joy as rare breed sheep are welcomed to Mrs Dowsons

A Flock of rare breed Manx Loaghtan sheep to the farm, a boost to our rare and unusual sheep numbers at the farm. The flock were delivered safely onto the fields following meetings to secure their place at the farm. The first of their rare breed to be welcomed to the farm, as their numbers have steadily increased over the last 50 years, when there was as little as 43 sheep. Now settled into their new enclosure on the farm they will be seen by our farm visitors for the first time this coming weekend. Eric Dowson, Farm Manager, said: This is a exciting breed for us. To welcome rare breed Manx Loaghtan to the farm for the first time ever is an amazing achievement - one that has taken careful pl

Cow Poo 💩 now powers over a million UK homes, says new report

Anaerobic digestion (AD) plants across the UK now have enough capacity to power over a million homes, a new report has said. The Anaerobic Digestion & Bioresources Association's market report is being launched this morning at UK AD & Biogas and World Biogas Expo 2017, a global biogas tradeshow in Birmingham. The report said that AD in the UK has increased capacity by 18%, with total energy generation of 10.7 TWh per year. Operational performance in the industry continues to improve, with load factors rising to 73% in 2016, up from 69% the previous year. Emissions AD is currently reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 1% and employing more than 3,500 people in the UK.But with the right policy s

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