Pupils get revved up about tractor tour
NEWCASTLETON primary school were delighted to be party of an educational charity tractor tour of the entire Scottish Borders.
A tractor visited every primary school in the Scottish Borders earlier this month to raise awareness of The Royal Highland Education Trust (RHET).
RHET arranged the tractor tour to increase the profile of its Scottish Borders arm - RHET Scottish Borders - and to make schools aware of the range of free services the non-profit, educational charity provides in the area.
They include free farm visits for pupils, classroom talks by local farmers, teaching resources and teacher training.
Eight tractors visited 62 primary schools and during each school visit the pupils were invited to see the tractor and get their photograph taken.
The driver on the tractor for Newcastleton was local farmer Drew Oliver, who was ready to answer any questions the children had. He also gave them the opportunity to sit in the tractor.
As part of the tractor tour, RHET will be creating a recipe book.
Recipes for the book will be gathered from each school, with a focus on the use of produce from the Scottish Borders.
The book will be divided into multiple sections and will feature recipes by celebrity chefs.
Ally McGrath, chef and owner of Osso Restaurant in Peebles, will feature as the main chef in the book. The award-winning chef will be providing one of his recipes and the book's foreword.
The book will be on sale in May, with the proceeds of each sale going towards continuing the work of RHET in the Borders. The books will be available on the RHET website and also sold at agricultural shows and at some of the primary schools.
Allan Murray, the chairman of RHET Scottish Borders, said: "The tractor tour will make primary school children much more aware of food production and farming in the Scottish Borders.
"With the help of the recipe book, they will become familiar with what is produced on local farms."
After the tractor tour, RHET will be offering to arrange for one of their volunteers to visit a classroom to deliver an educational talk.
These talks will consist of a detail discussion on food, farming or any other aspect of rural life.