Elveden/Peterborough: Earl of Iveagh to present awards to farming scholars

Lord Iveagh has been appointed the first patron of the Marshal Papworth Fund

Lord Iveagh has been appointed the first patron of the Marshal Papworth Fund - Credit: Archant

The owner of a Suffolk estate will be presenting awards to farming scholars at an event on Friday.

Guinness heir the Earl of Iveagh, who owns the 22,500 acre Elveden Estate, near Thetford, will be presenting Marshal Papworth students with their certificates at the close of a Kids Country Annual Food and Farming Day 2014 held at the East of England Showground in Peterborough.

Lord Iveagh was recently appointed the first patron of Marshal Papworth charitable fund which educates agricultural and horticultural students from developing countries,

It was formed in 2001 from funds bequeathed from Huntingdonshire farmer Marshal Papworth, and the fund is wholly managed by the East of England Agricultural Society.

More than 5,700 children from 50 different schools from across the Eastern region will join 600 teachers, 80 volunteers and over 230 educators from the UK’s food and farming industry for the second annual Kids Country Food and Farming event.

The day will showcase a host of interactive farm and food related activities, spread across 11 food and farming zones and occupying a quarter of the showground’s 235 acre site.

All the activities aim to educate children on the importance of agriculture through providing a deeper understanding of food, from field to the fork.

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Children will sample the best of what the farming world has to offer, from livestock to the very latest in farming machinery, and food. The showground’s livestock buildings will be full of every type of animal from goats, to Shire horses, rare breeds and ‘Dancing Sheep’.

At the machinery zone children will witness the evolution of farming machinery, from the history of the working horse, to vintage tractors, right up to modern day farming vehicles complete with the latest agricultural technologies; the cabs of which the children will be invited to explore.

Through the use of interactive exhibitions from a variety of suppliers such as British Sugar, which has factories across East Anglia, including at Bury St Edmunds, and Suffolk Mushrooms, based at Stanton, near Bury St Edmunds. visitors will experience the journey of food from field to fork.

A replica African Village, complete with its own school, constructed by visiting students of the Marshal Papworth Fund, will also be on display illustrating the differences in farming, food and lifestyle between the UK and African countries.