Year 8 Geographers Visit Rushall Farm

13 June 2019

Set in the beautiful Pang Valley, Rushall is a mixed organic farm which primarily runs a large sheep flock and a herd of beef suckler cows, as well as growing cereal and other crops.

Year 8 Geographers embarked on a comprehensive programme of fieldwork activities which consolidated material covered in class and introduced new concepts.

Tasks included soil sampling in Annis field where we examined the properties of both clay and sand and drew our own conclusions about the suitability of these soil types for agriculture, and developing an understanding of crop rotation before putting together a suitable 6-year plan.

We also investigated how Rushall Farm has diversified and what the impacts of this diversification are on the wildlife, the environment and the community. There was also the chance to study the health of the farm’s pond.

Before returning to school the girls enjoyed cuddling the hand-reared orphaned lambs; bags were checked before we left to make sure none were being ‘rustled’.

Thank you to all the staff at Rushall Farm who made the day so memorable.

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