Glendale farmers exchange knowledge with Swedes

Johnny Renner

Johnny Renner

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The Glendale Agricultural Society’s AGM on Thursday, May 29 will include a presentation on what some of their committee learnt in Sweden.

This year’s keynote speaker will be Johnny Renner, chair of the Children’s Countryside Day Committee.

In September 2013 Johnny and five other committee members travelled to Vaxjo, Sweden, in a ‘knowledge exchange’.

Funded partly by the Rural Development Programme for England (RDPE) Leader, this three day fact finding mission included a visit to the Children’s day at Varnamo held by the Swedish equivalent of the NFU.

During their visit they experienced the Swedish culture, and the way they deal with education and schooling in relation to agriculture.

In Sweden there is a ‘Just Do It’ attitude to working and they have excellent communication techniques with the next generation.

The presentation at the AGM will demonstrate how through the Children’s Countryside Day and the Glendale Agricultural Society aim to develop their education offering for the younger generation.

The focus of course is very much on rural affairs in the countryside, and ensuring that children really learn where their food comes from.

This year the successful Children’s Countryside Day celebrates its 10th year, and the knowledge gained in Sweden will play a big role in this year’s event.

Johnny said: “It was a fantastic experience and we all gained a considerable insight into Sweden’s agricultural industry. Their attitude to food and where it comes from is completely different to that of here in the UK.

“Farming in the countryside is an integral way of life to Swedish people and they have a strong identity to their roots and culture. Protecting food production and forestry is paramount on their Government’s agenda.”

The Glendale Agricultural Society has around 300 members, many of whom give an enormous amount of their time to help organise and steward the area’s two key rural events, The Children’s Countryside Day and The Glendale Show.

They also promote a programme of their own events throughout the year including quizzes, social evenings and the annual stock judging competition.

Rachael Tait, society secretary, said: “During the AGM they will talk about the highlights of the trip as well as some key points they have learned.

“In addition to the keynote speech, the society’s AGM is also an excellent opportunity to find out more about the work of the GAS and members, friends, stewards and volunteers are all welcome to attend the evening.”

The AGM, which is open to members and non-members, commences at 7.30pm prompt and is being held at The Tankerville Arms in Wooler. The presentation will follow the formal proceedings.

For further details or to join as a member please contact the Glendale Agricultural Society on 01668 283868 or email

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