Royal Highland Show 2011Last week the Wilderness Foundation exhibited in the Royal Highland Education Trust Children’s Discover Centre at this year’s Royal Highland Show.

As part of the programme to give children the opportunity to take part in new activities and learn more about food, farming and the countryside, staff and volunteers from the Wilderness Foundation UK led the children and young people in a ‘Leave No Trace’ game.

The Leave No Trace programme is designed to help outdoor enthusiasts value the natural environment, to understand the impact of their activities, and to enable them to make decisions to minimise that impact while still enjoying their activities with freedom. The programme is based around 7 Principles:

1. Plan Ahead and Prepare
2. Be Considerate of Others
3. Respect Farm Animals and Wildlife
4. Travel and Camp on Durable Ground
5. Leave What You Find
6. Dispose of Waste Properly
7. Minimise the Effects of Fire

There were some interesting facts and figures from this year’s Royal Highland Show:

  • 178,659 people attended the Royal Highland Show 2014
  • Over 27,000 children came to the Show over the 4 days
  • 6294 pupils booked their visit via RHET over the Thursday and Friday. This is up 482 on last year
  • Nearly 1000 teachers/adult helpers accompanied the pupils
  • 263 school parties attended the show with RHET – 18 more than 2013
  • They came from 170 different schools from across Scotland, one from Wales, another from Lebanon and even a group of Russian students.

The RHET Children’s Education Programme

  • The Wilderness Foundation welcomed over 475 children who participated in activities to increase their awareness of the 7 Leave No Trace Principles.
  • QMS gave away 1000 Scotch Beef tattoo-transfers, 425 Scotch Beef T-shirts & 350 Scotch Beef Caps to those who completed their Wheel of Fortune game or coloured in a picture
  • Our Dynamic Earth & The James Hutton Institute had 400+ children take part in the ‘Fun With Fertilisers’ game on  Thursday/Friday and close to 800 over the weekend.  500 colouring in sheets were completed and 6 bottles of vinegar were used to test for alkaline substances which in turn dissolved a whole 10g pot of chalk! Children also experimented with 1200 pieces of indicator paper
  • The Game & Wildlife Conservation Trust helped 750 younger children make pheasant masks complete with colouring in and feather gluing
  • Countryside Learning Scotland had 1540 children and parents mapping out the countryside
  • The Museum of Rural Life made 1,532 pop-up paper Clydesdale horse characters
  • Mueller Wiseman Dairies donated 5760 cartons of milk in a variety of flavours which were distributed to children and adults in the Children’s Discovery Centre
  • RHET Volunteers on the Dairy Session gave out tasters of ice cream totaling 140 litres thanks to Mackies and Graham’s for Supplying.
  • 24 pints of cream supplied courtesy of Yester Farm Dairies, created hundreds of tubs of butter shaken by children over the weekend and by 225 pupils on the school days.
  • 327 pupils made Anzac Biscuits on the school days and over 400 children enjoyed making and eating them over the weekend on our Bakery Station, thanks to Chefs in Schools and
  • The Scotch Beef Cookery Theatre sponsored by QMS, had 308 pupils booked in to make either Scotch Beef Stroganoff, Scotch Lamb Koftas or Specially Selected Pulled Pork Lettuce Cups and were joined by members of the public to fill in spaces. Over the weekend, nearly 400 children made the meat dishes and almost 130 little ones aged 3+ produced a Berry Rice Crunch. Therefore nearly 1000 young people aged 3-18 in total made culinary creations!
  • Seafood Scotland offered games on their stand; blind-tasting an assortment of fish, guessing which was which and identifying pictures of a variety of Seafood. With over 300 pupils participating, Dreghorn Primary in Ayrshire has won the Heath & Wellbeing Day delivered by Seafood Scotland as they gained the highest score during the competitions.

Stand’s across the show ground:

  • 100 quiz sheets were filled out with British Horse Society which included a colouring competition
  • Over 400 children visited the University of Aberystwyth where they saw a display of parasites
  • 3000+ candles were made over the course of the Show in the Honey Tent at the West Gate

If you would like to join us next and help on our stand, next years event will be on the 18 – 21 June.