Farming & Sustainability Challenge - Final

The Farming & Sustainability Challenge is an annual event for secondary school pupils to take part in, and it's main aim is to link the pupils with a local business and work together to create a new concept that can benefit both parties.

The previous September, a launch meeting was held at the Showground where schools discussed their ideas before being introduced to an appropriate business to work on their ideas with. They then worked together over two terms in putting their ideas into practise that will eventually benefit the business.

The final recently took place on Tuesday 28th June at the Arlington Art Centre, where two schools; The Downs School and Kennet School, presented their findings and end product to a panel of judges. The judges based their overall decision on:

  1. Planning & research
  2. Teamwork
  3. Business Liaison
  4. Presentation

At the end of the day, the judges awarded first place to Kennet School, and they received a trophy and £200 to take back to school with them. The Downs School also received a trophy and £100 as runners-up. They will be formally presented with their trophies and money on the Sunday morning of The Royal County of Berkshire Show in September.


"This challenge asks a lot. Both schools demonstrated how to make food from naturally occurring or waste farm produce in a sustainable way. The ten minute presentations confirmed the work and research involved, whilst also showing considerable innovation, enthusiasm and marketing skills. On this occasion, Kennet narrowly beat Downs by going one step further; selling their product and making a sizeable contribution to their chosen charity with the proceeds. It was a pleasure speaking to both teams about their achievements" - Robert Astor, Royal County of Berkshire Show President and judge.


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