Published Wednesday, 6th May 2015 in Study at SRUC news
Despite the damp conditions and cold temperatures, nearly 1000 visitors ventured out on Sunday 3 May to the annual Farm Open Day at SRUC Oatridge, near Broxburn.
The hardy visitors braved the wettest and coldest open day in years to sample the range activities on offer from meeting the resident sheep and cattle, to willow weaving, pony riding and chainsaw carving.
Peter Scott, SRUC Agriculture Team Leader explained the importance of the open day: “Oatridge Campus runs its own working farm where students practise what they learn in their courses. The Farm Open day it’s a poignant occasion when we open the facilities to showcase modern agriculture and traditional related industries to the general public.”
Oatridge HNC agriculture students looked after the livestock during the day and contributed to the running of several activities including sheep sheering. SRUC postgraduate students explained the science behind farming, and Oatridge Countryside Management students offered plant seeds and bird feeders to visitors.
National and local organisations complemented the day with entertaining, fun and engaging activities for the whole family. Several local businesses supported the event offering hot food and drinks, cakes and other local produce.
Commenting on the day, Robert Wilson from Edinburgh, said: “Great day, the children really enjoyed themselves. It was very interesting visiting a real farm and we were impressed by the variety of activities available throughout the day”.
The event culminated with the collection of more than £200 towards the Nepal current appeal.
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