What an exciting time it was mid-September for pupils in 4X and 4Y when they were invited out for the day with Mrs Gill Oliver, regional organiser of The Country Trust, and her team of merry mums, Mrs Smith and Mrs Lynch. The Country Trust is a
national educational charity providing a taste of the countryside first hand for children from urban environments. Its work is especially beneficial to youngsters who may never experience muddy fields and the smells of a farmyard. With many children on previous trips thinking that wolves and bears still roam the British countryside with crocodiles in our lakes, the children from Twycross clearly made a memorable impression with their knowledge and understanding of how our green and very pleasant land is managed and conserved.
Accompanied by Mrs Rose and Mrs Holland our adventure began with a minibus trip to Atherstone for a ‘walk and talk’ along the canal with the head lock-keeper Tony; quite a celebrity after receiving an M.B.E for his services to the waterways. With a penchant for ferrets he delighted us all and was a very entertaining educator.
A visit to Merevale Hall followed, where we were treated to a gundog display and a guided tour of the local plantation by the head forester.
The weather was kind to us and we all returned to school with happy faces, clean wellies, empty lunch boxes and with a special request from many for an extra surprise in our Christmas stockings…..a chocolate Labrador or perhaps a well-fed ferret! ?