Last week, the countryside education charity, Royal Highland Education Trust, marked 20 years of its work by hosting a visit from its Royal Patron, HRH the Princess Royal.
What better way to showcase the work undertaken by the charity than for Princess Anne to join a class of 30 P5 pupils from Queensferry Primary School on their visit to Craigie’s Farm, near Kirkliston.
Lord Provost Frank Ross welcomed the Princess Royal and introduced her to Craigie’s Managing Director, John Sinclair, who accompanied HRH for the duration of the farm walk. The schoolchildren learning first hand from the staff about the various enterprises on farm, whilst visiting the hens, pigs, soft fruit tunnels, the jam kitchen and apple pressing room, followed, of course, by a trip in the tractor-trailer.
Princess Anne in discussion with the children, explored which fruit and vegetables grown on the farm would they eat. Despite being a little shy, the children soon forgot their nerves, offering up stories of their favourite things to eat, and explained their successful growing project at school.
George Lawrie, RHET Chairman, and Katrina Barclay, RHET Executive Officer, presented HRH with a hamper of local produce to mark the occasion.
Representatives from one of RHET’s greatest supporters, the Royal Highland & Agricultural Society of Scotland (RHASS), were able to join the visit, providing a great opportunity to inform Her Royal Highness about the work both organisations are involved in to support Scottish agriculture through education and investment. It also gave a chance to share news of the forthcoming RHET Gala, which RHASS is proudly supporting.