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The Halifax family regard it as vitally important to help educate children, particularly those which are urban based, in rural matters and food production. Passing this knowledge onto the next generations is essential to ensure that they understand the importance of the work of farmers and land managers in maintaining the rural landscape and food security.
Every two years Halifax Estates hosts a schools education day on Garrowby Estate, in association with Countryside Learning. The day aims to bring children from inner-city schools into a rural environment to give them an opportunity to learn about the management of the rural landscape and food production from field to fork, whilst having fun at the same time.
They are able to get close to livestock, see trees being felled and understand the important role that our gamekeepers have in eco system management.
In 2013, working closely with local farmers, Natural England and East Riding of Yorkshire Council, Halifax Estates renovated the former Methodist Chapel and schoolroom at Uncleby into an outstanding educational facility and events venue, surrounded by beautiful countryside, located 15 miles east of York and 7 miles north of Pocklington, close to Garrowby Hill.
Two enthusiastic tenants who have farms at Uncleby, run regular educational visits based at Uncleby Barn. These days also incorporate farm visits allowing infant and primary school children to experience and learn about farming and the countryside. For more information visit; https://uncleby.co.uk/
Uncleby Barn can also be booked for private events. For more information on this visit www.unclebybarn.co.uk