Ruth Edwards visited Edwalton Primary School to show her support for the natural learning experience provided by the on-site farm.
She has also encouraged donations via the Edwalton Primary School Parents’ Association’s Just Giving page, after COVID-19 thwarted traditional fundraising efforts.
The school is the only one in the country with its own working farm on the grounds, which gives pupils the chance to develop social skills and values, such as empathy, responsibility and sustainability.
It provides a deeper understanding of animals and the natural environment as part of an exceptional, well-rounded education.
A menagerie of chickens, goats, rabbits, pigs and even alpacas are supported by staff volunteers and charitable contributions, with thousands of pounds required every year to cover running costs and development.
Commenting on the visit, Ruth Edwards said:
"The farm at Edwalton Primary School is fantastic. It provides a wonderful, practical way for local children to learn about the natural world and keeping animals, which gives pupils skills for life and I hope will inspire the next generation of vets right here in Rushcliffe.
“As an alpaca wrangler myself, I had an amazing afternoon meeting all the animals – even Donna the goat, who nibbled my trousers.
“But typical fundraising events to support this unique community asset, including the school’s summer fayre, have been cancelled due to social distancing measures.
“I am, therefore, encouraging those who can to join me in supporting the volunteers, by donating via Just Giving.”
For more information on the farm and how to donate, click here.