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Flying The Flags Of Childrens Day

18th June 2018

Flying The Flags Of Children’s Day


The Glendale Agricultural Society (GAS) and Children’s Countryside Day will be showcasing their partnership with Northumberland National Park at The Sill, The UK’s National Landscape Discovery Centre near Hadrian’s Wall, by displaying their creatively designed flags.

The Children’s Countryside Day, back on Thursday 7th June 2018, gave local school children a detailed insight into what life is like in the countryside at all levels and a chance to learn just where their food actually comes from.

A unique display of flags, representing the theme of ‘Living Off The Land’, were designed by school children from across Northumberland and entered into the competition for the Children’s Countryside Day.

The flags will be raised on Monday 30th July, at The Sill, Bardon Mill near Hadrian’s Wall and will be displayed for the whole week.

Rachael Tait, secretary of the GAS, said: “I could not think of a better way to showcase the unique designs that have been created by the children across Northumberland. The effort that was put in was just amazing to see. The winning school flag, from St Cuthbert's School, in Berwick, will also be flying high for all to see.

There is a special partnership with Northumberland National Park, Children’s Countryside Day and Glendale Agricultural Society - to showcase all three organisations in one event, is tremendous.  I hope families will use this opportunity to see not only the children’s display of flags, but also use the occasion to explore what The Sill has to offer as a visitor’s centre.”

Along with the flag display, Jane Riddell, a ranger at Northumberland National Park, will be there on Sunday 5th August to promote ‘The Sill Sunday Activity’. This will include making seed bombs and windmills, an activity that generated lots of interest and fun at the Children’s Countryside Day.

Tony Gates, Chief Executive (National Park Officer) for Northumberland National Park, added:

“Northumberland National Park Authority is proud to be a partner with the Glendale Agricultural Society’s Children's Countryside Day.

This is a wonderful event which introduces children from a wide area to the wonders of our beautiful countryside. The countryside, especially our national parks, provide so much to enrich our lives and we are keen to give children a relationship with their landscape which will last for all their lives.

The flag competition allowed children to begin their learning and creating before they went to the countryside day. The quality of the flags has been excellent, and this made judging very difficult. All schools who took part have learned a lot and have left us a great colourful legacy which we are proud to be displaying at The Sill National Landscape Discovery Centre.”

The Sill is open from 9:30 – 6:00pm, Monday to Sunday and people are welcome to go and view the flags from 9:30AM Monday 30th July until 6:00PM Sunday 5th August. Further information about the partnership between the organisations will be displayed next to the flags.

Active for over 100 years, Glendale Agricultural Society stages the hugely successful Glendale Show attracting over 15,000 visitors each year and has now become one of the highlights of the Northumbrian agricultural calendar.  As well as hosting the multi-award winning educational Children’s Countryside Day which this year attracted over 1650 children.