From little seedlings

An unique outdoor learning experience for primary school children and young people’s groups at the Hirsel, Coldstream.

Come on a FREE visit and have your youngsters explore where their food comes from, discover how it is grown and be inspired to cook and eat healthily while enjoying being in an outdoor environment.

As well as our regular Food and Farming days which include a cooking activity, we offer In the Wild Days where both sessions are outdoors.

Field to fork in a day

A typical visit involves:

  • arriving around 10am and staying for 4 – 4½ hours
  • a power-point presentation introducing the Hirsel and your visit, including H & S briefing
  • an outdoor session looking at the crops grown on the Hirsel Estate and what foods they make
  • a walk to see what’s of interest around the estate in that season
  • a cooking activity making for example pizzas, scones, muffins or oatcakes
  • considering where the ingredients come from and their place in a healthy balanced diet
  • having a picnic packed lunch, outside if the weather allows
  • taking home their cooking to share at home!

We can accommodate a maximum of 40 children per visit and have disabled facilities

Freshly picked news

Through the seasons we will be watching our crops grow, getting lost in the maize, seeing new life burst forth and hunting for mini-beasts and seeds in the woods of the Estate. Share these experiences with your children here!
Looking forward to spring visits

As we begin to see many signs of spring - catkins, tree buds, spring flowers and several gorgeous new Highland calves, so we are looking forward to welcoming classes to Field to Fork during the summer term. Please get in touch if a visit is of interest as our range of themes around food, farming and the countryside ever increases. Karen has now joined the team as Pauline concentrates on giving her time to family.

Border Links group return in winter

Our friends from Border Links braved the January cold to explore the Hirsel in winter and make some hearty, warming winter Kale Soup and Soda Bread. As it was the RSPB Big Garden Bird Watch weekend we prepared some hanging bird puddings and spotted birds as we walked.

Field to Fork in winter

Although winter may have its grip on the Hirsel, as elsewhere, with ice on the lake and short dark days, you will still be assured of a warm welcome at Field to Fork! However an in-school visit might be more appealing - please get in touch if you would like to find out more about workshops. It won't be long before we are seeing the first signs of spring (some even were appearing in October such was the mild weather then!)

Edenside visit to explore Food and Food Energy

Primary 7 from Edenside made Stuffed Baked Potatoes as they explored getting the balance right between the energy we consume from food and the energy our bodies use. Outdoors they looked at the crops we grow for energy - as carbohydrates and as fuel, and thought about the energy required to grow them. 

Dinosaurs at the Hirsel?

Years 1 and 2 from Spittal First School investigated what is under our feet seaching the soil for living, once living and non living things on their visit as part of their topic 'Do dinosaurs make good pets?' They also made giant art and bread dinosaurs.

Exploring autumn through our senses

Exploring autumn through our senses was the theme for a visit from Border Links recently. After making up colour cards of the autumn colours we found and tantalised our noses with autumn perfumes or potions, we foraged for textures, shapes and colours which we used to make autumn wreaths - more photos in the gallery. In the afternoon we baked apple scones for a taste of autumn.

Berwickshire High School visit for an Estate Day

Around 100 3rd year pupils from The Berwickshire High School descended on the Hirsel for an Estate Day organised in conjunction with RHET. During the day the pupils experienced aspects of estate life as they moved around the workshops which were on farming, forestry, fishing, gamekeeping, highland cattle as well as baking their own bread in our Field to Fork classroom.  

Autumnal Wild Art

Year 3 and 4 pupils from Spittal First School took their inspiration from Andy Goldsworthy for some imaginative pieces of natural art work. They foraged for interesting twigs, autumnal leaves, acorns, beech mast, seed heads, mosses and lichens then worked in groups to create their sculpture. More examples can be viewed in the gallery.

Grab a fork & join in

Our Food and Farming days can cover any aspect of food and farming you would like – we are happy to tailor visits to meet your curriculum needs and can fit well with your Health Week or Eco Schools campaign. Alongside these we offer In the Wild Days. These days might focus on Woodland Habitats, Red Squirrels conservation, Food Chains, Mini-beasts or Using our Senses Outdoors for example. On these visits both sessions will most likely be outdoors ie there is no cooking activity.

Further examples of themes we can cover are:
Healthy Eating, Being Healthy and Active, Where our food comes from, Food journeys, Food from Scotland, Growing your own, Seasonal Eating, Food and the Environment (Food miles/Food waste/Composting/ Recycling), Fairtrade, Food and Farming in the World War 1 or 2, Farming in the Past, Farming and the environment, Plants, Lifecycles, Mapping at the Hirsel, Wild Art, The John Muir Award, Outdoor Games

Sow the seed & get in touch

To enquire or book a visit please contact:

Mobile: 07802 788744