Newbury and District Agricultural Society shortlisted for prestigious education award

The Newbury and District Agricultural Society has been shortlisted in the Inspiring Educator category for the prestigious Bayer Farming & Countryside Education Awards, which celebrate the very best in food and farming education.

After 100 years of educating the public through its annual show, the Newbury & District Agricultural Society re-affirmed its commitment to agricultural education by welcoming Jan Murray on the team in 2009 as Education Officer. Through Jan’s 27 years of teaching experience and passion for outdoor learning, the Society has developed a range of unique learning experiences for school children. These activities range from Cookery School and breakfast workshops, to ‘Autumn Harvest Celebration’ and ‘The Potato Challenge’ encouraging schools to grow, harvest and cook their own potatoes. The breadth and depth of the activities available to thousands of school children in the area has put Newbury and District Agricultural Society on the shortlist for the Inspiring Educator Award. The Award celebrates a farmer or team who have initiated inspiring new learning experiences which are particularly innovative for children either on the farm or back in the classroom.

Commenting on the Bayer/ FACE Awards, Janet Hickinbottom MBE, National Education Officer at Farming & Countryside Education, said: “We have a strong tradition of working together to celebrate the tremendous work carried out by unsung heroes who do so much to share their knowledge and enthusiasm about the countryside with young people. The process isn’t an easy one but the outcome is always exhilarating as we uncover what goes on during these inspiring collaborations between schools and farms.”

Michael Muncey, Head of Business for Bayer Crop Science in the UK, said: “With an increasing global population and less land to grow our food, there has never been a greater need for people to have a better understanding of where their food comes from. As the UK’s leading supplier of crop protection products we are delighted to help organise the Bayer/FACE Awards again this year.”

The winners will be announced at a prestigious ceremony in London, in the autumn. Good luck to Newbury & District Agricultural Society! We will let you know how they do…

About Bayer

Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for theBayer is a Life Science company with a more than 150-year history and core competencies in the areas of health care and agriculture. With our innovative products, we are contributing to finding solutions to some of the major challenges of our time. The growing and increasingly aging world population requires improved medical care and an adequate supply of food. Bayer is improving people’s quality of life by preventing, alleviating and treating diseases. And we are helping to provide a reliable supply of high-quality food, feed and plant-based raw materials. We develop new molecules for use in innovative products and solutions to improve health. Our research and development activities are based on a profound understanding of the biochemical

processes in living organisms. Our goal is to achieve and sustain leadership positions in our markets, thus creating value for our customers, stockholders and employees. To this end, our strategy is designed to help solve some of the most pressing challenges facing humankind, and by doing this exceptionally well we aim to strengthen the company’s earning power. We are committed to operating sustainably and addressing our social and ethical responsibilities as a corporate citizen, while at the same time respecting the interests of all our stakeholders. Employees with a passion for innovation enjoy excellent development opportunities at Bayer. All this goes to make up our mission: “Bayer: Science for a Better Life.” For more information, go to

About Farming & Countryside Education

FACE works with its members and partners to promote visits to farms, and to provide easy access to a wide range of high-quality educational resources and activities to complement both school-based studies and outdoor visits. FACE believes that all children should have access to the countryside, regardless of where they live, cultural group or economic background. They need to be prepared as leaders and consumers of a future in which over 9 billion people will need to be fed.


FACE provides a one-stop enquiry service, extensive curriculum resources, support from our team of Regional Education Co-ordinators, links with farmers and the rural industries, workshops and seminars for teachers and farmers.


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