Primary school children visited an award-winning Norfolk farm for a memorable insight into food production and nature conservation.

Pupils from Watlington Community Primary School were shown around Manor Farm in East Winch, near King's Lynn.

The farm was the 2022 winner of the Ian MacNicol Memorial Trophy, an annual farm conservation prize awarded by Norfolk FWAG (Farming and Wildlife Advisory Group).

The educational visits were aligned with the National Curriculum to help pupils combine theoretical learning with practical experience.

Year One pupils spent a morning learning about how crops such as wheat, barley and sugar beet find their way onto their dinner plates.

And Year Three pupils were able to see their classroom learning about soil and rocks in action, both on the farm and at the neighbouring Middleton Aggregates quarry.

Eastern Daily Press: Pupils from Watlington Community Primary School visiting Manor Farm in East WinchPupils from Watlington Community Primary School visiting Manor Farm in East Winch (Image: Fiona Borthwick)

The children also saw environmental measures taken by the farm, including a disused quarry which is now a mini nature reserve, wildflower margins and hedgerow planting.

Headteacher Claire Chapman said: "The knowledge they retained upon return to school was excellent.

"The children have really enjoyed the chance to see the real-life application of the science they are learning in a classroom.

"The chance for children to have access to a farm in such an open and informative way has very much helped to embed their learning. Not only have these opportunities supported our science curriculum but they also allowed the children to see what future career opportunities are available in our local area."

Farm owner Robert McNeil Wilson said: "I was nervous about allowing a number of children onto the farm, which is essentially a work environment, but the trips have been run very professionally and I am delighted that we are able to play a part in inspiring a new generation of children to learn about food production, care for the environment and to view farming positively and as a potential rewarding and challenging career."

The six educational visits were funded by the Lugden Hill Charity, whose trustee Penny Oakes said: "The visits are helping to increase the knowledge of these young Norfolk children about agriculture and the environment, fulfilling some of the key objectives of the charity."