Shute School’s apple adventures

PUBLISHED: 15:01 13 November 2018 | UPDATED: 16:33 13 November 2018

A Shute School pupil with her hoop apple art. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

A Shute School pupil with her hoop apple art. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

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Pupils visit visit local orchards and go on safari to record minibeasts

Apple variety sack painting by Shute School pupils. Picture: CONTRIBUTEDApple variety sack painting by Shute School pupils. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Shute Primary School pupils spent a day enjoying a variety of outdoor apple related activities organised by the Legacy to Landscape Project education team.

There were four different workshops which the children moved between throughout the day.

In the former ancient orchard and gardens at Shute Barton, children created spectacular artworks from apples, grass, leaves and twigs in hoops.

Little Orchard Alpacas, who now own this land, kindly hosted the school.

In the more recently planted orchard at Shute Barton, with the kind permission of the National Trust, children went on an orchard safari to record minibeasts.

Back in the school, pupils learnt about and tasted many different varieties of apple and in particular about Shute’s own apple – the Crimson Victoria – originally recorded as being found at Shute during the Victorian period.

Also colourful apple sacks were printed up with names of Devon apple varieties and a large banner made illustrating where the many former orchards of Shute were located.

Botanical volunteers took children on a walk to discover the range of wild fruits that grow in hedgerows.

Ruth Worsley, Legacy to Landscape coordinator, who planned the school apple day said: “We were delighted to see how all the children from the pre-schoolers to the leavers engaged with all the activities and it was very exciting for them to hear about the Crimson Victoria, Shute’s very own apple”.

Patrick Germscheid, head teacher at Shute said: “This was a very special day for us all – it provided an excellent and hands on cross curricular learning opportunities - the children learnt an enormous amount about our local apple heritage, biology, history, art and landscape as well as having a lot fun.”

The day was run by Ruth Worsley with a number of volunteers and the staff at the School.

* Legacy to Landscape is a three year project involving the community and celebrates a hidden area of landscape in a part of East Devon, based on a 1780s map of the Shute Estate. All details and events are at:

http://www.eastdevonaonb.org.uk/our-work/legacy-to-landscape

Other local schools wishing to get involved in the project are welcome to contact the project: legacytolandscape@gmail.com

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