Showcasing how the people of Glendale live off the land

The many ways that the people of Glendale have lived off the land '“ its valleys, hills, woods and rivers '“ for generations are being put in the spotlight.

Friday, 11th May 2018, 11:30 am
Updated Wednesday, 9th May 2018, 10:35 am
Roddam WI members making girdle scones with Ellingham school pupils at the Children's Countryside Day at Wooler. Picture by Jane Coltman

Glendale Agricultural Society have chosen Living off the Land for its major focus and theme for this year.

Through a range of initiatives, it will show the various ways that local people have made a living and harvested the produce and fruits of the area.

One of the high points of this celebration will be the annual Children’s Countryside Day on Thursday, June 7, where the theme will be explored.

Other initiatives being considered include specialist classes at Glendale Show and a Glendale picnic. There will also be a focus on farmers and producers who sell their products and produce across the UK and beyond.

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Society secretary and events manager Rachael Tait said: “The Children’s Countryside Day provides the perfect platform for children to marvel and meet the makers, as they talk to the people who grow and harvest their food and see the machinery that helps them do it.

“We will have them all on display, and each child will have the chance to meet the farmers and producers, to see their animals, and to learn, at their very own ‘harvest festival’ how where their food comes from, who produces it and they can get involved.”

Vegetable fare from the Glendale fields also form a healthier side of mealtimes.

Rachael added: “The Society is dedicated to supporting our farmers and producers and educating the winder public as to where their food comes from. In terms of education Glendale is one of the UK’s finest and most productive food producing areas, whether it be animals or crops, or the wild habitats of fowls and fishes, there is certainly no better place to set up a classroom in the country.”

Over the years, Glendale producers have filled our larders with vegetables, fruit, corn, milk and meat of many kinds, and catches have come from the rivers Tweed and Till.

Grain and cereals are the foundations of many people’s diets and these were among the first crops to be farmed. Descended from the wild grasses that still flourish in the hills, these have become the basis of many foodstuffs we enjoy – whether it is bread, beer, biscuits, breakfast cereal or cake.

Grown on a large scale in Glendale, cereal crops are vital feedstuffs for both humans and the animals that share the countryside.

Cattle and sheep have been the familiar occupants of our hills and fields. Today, the hills owe their appearance and productivity to generations of shepherds who have tended their sheep and supplied our butchers with lamb and our textile industry with high quality wool for garments and carpets.

The Glendale cattle give us meat and dairy products.

Dairy herds still ‘punch above their weight’ and, combined with the inventive talents of their owners, produce world-beating cheeses and ice creams, often using flavours from other local producers and manufacturers.