Learning From the Land was approached by Bridgwater College to put on a series of wool activities as part of their Cannington Lambing Day. The aim of the day is to bring familes with young children onto the teaching farm, introduce them to live animals and land-based crafts to kindle an interest in rural skills and careers.
Somerset is a mostly rural county where young people used to work on the land and often learned how to work with animals and crops at school as well as at home. Today's farming environment is very different, but there are still a lot of land-based jobs in forestry, land management, leisure and sports, as well as farming. Bridgwater College is a leader in land-based teaching and we were very excited to be part of their Lambing Day.
Learning From The Land then approached a number of highly skilled sheep owners, wool spinners and wool felters, who brought their equipment, knowledge and enthusiasm to the event. The public were allowed to have a go at the various activities and to question the makers about what they do. The response was fabulous, with a great many people participating and children and parents alike learning about wool and other natural fibres.