THE Rhug Estate welcomed Key Stage 2 pupils from Ysgol Bro Elwern to the farm recently.

The group of 27 children and staff from the Gwyddelwern-based school had the opportunity of learning all about the different types of animals living at the Corwen-based farm, including sheep, bison, cows and chickens.

Whilst visiting Rhug, the pupils aged between 7 and 11 years old, were given a tour by farm manager Gareth Jones and also got to make their own beef burgers, before ending their visit at the Rhug playground.

Assistant head teacher, Sioned Hughes, who accompanied the children on the visit, said: "We are very grateful to the staff at Rhug for accommodating our visit. We often forget what wonderful resources we have on our doorstep.

"All the children were absolutely fascinated by all the different types of animals they saw during our tour. We were even lucky enough to see a chick close up. It is of vital importance that this young generation understand where their food comes from."

Rhug Estate say they encourage groups to arrange a tour of the farm to learn more about how organic food is produced in a sustainable way. Educational groups are especially welcome.

Owner Lord Newborough said: "I believe it is part of our job as custodians of this land to impart the knowledge we have to the next generation.

"I feel it is vitally important to spread the word about how important organic farming is to providing a better, more sustainable and healthy future for the next generation.

"I am horrified by newspaper articles that state children do not know where their food comes from. I want our future generation of consumers to make an educated choice when it comes to where they buy from.”

Using the most sustainable farming practices, Rhug prides itself on superior tasting meat products from the north Wales countryside. The organic farming enterprise extends to two farms and has grown over the past 20 years to nearly 8,000 acres.

Organic beef, lamb, pork, bison, chicken, turkey, goose, and game when in season, are reared on the farms and Rhug Farm Shop stocks almost 3,000 products from local suppliers and small businesses.