RHET is the lead provider of outdoor education for pupils of all ages, through fully risk-assessed Farm Visits, in Scotland.
We work with our RHET volunteer farmers to facilitate free visits to supplement projects on food, farming and countryside topics.
These visits fit many aspects of 'A Curriculum for Excellence', and are an exciting and efficient way of introducing experiential elements to such a project.
The visits are for those aged 5+, so Primary & Secondary Schools only. It will typically take one and a half to two hours. Groups will be led by the farmer who will take them on a tour of the relevant areas of the farm.
Depending on the type of farm, these may include:
They can also be shown various types of agricultural equipment and may even be able to sit in a tractor.
Thanks to funding from Scottish Natural Heritage we offer, where available, the opportunity for pupils to visit any areas of natural heritage that exist on the farms land such as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSIs) or conservation areas.
These elements can be useful in outlining some of the work that farmers undertake to help manage the land and conserve and protect the ecosystems of different types of rural flora and fauna.
Please complete amd email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email direct to your local Countryside Initiative Project Coordinator, who will check availabilty for your request.
See In My Area for the relevant contact details.
RHET farm visits are tailored to suit any specific experiences they wish the children to get from the visit. This can be indicated on the form and discussed with the Project Co-ordinator beforehand.
Please be aware that farm visits can take a number of weeks to organise, particularly during busy periods of the year. We would ask that you please book as far in advance as possible to give the Project Co-ordinator time to organise your visit.
The RHET Project Co-ordinator will take the teacher through the risk-assessment prior to the visit, to ensure both parties are happy with the arrangements for Health & Safety.