Sustainable Three Little Pigs

10th June 2011

Assisted by the big bad wolf, three ‘green’ little pigs educate children in sources of sustainable building materials.

School children from across Northumberland and Newcastle upon Tyne were greeted by three little pigs and a big bad wolf at this year’s Glendale Agricultural Society’s special Children’s Countryside Day, held on June 9th. Members of staff from George F. White, a major exhibitor at this event, turned into children’s story book characters for the day to deliver the famous story with a ‘sustainable twist’.

In their display George F White used interactive exhibits to support the story and stimulate interest and learning. The three ‘green’ little pigs talked about what renewable energy the pigs could use today to power their homes, with wind certainly been favoured by the wolf!

The 21st century 3 little pigs demonstrated how renewable materials grown in Northumberland can be used to build a house. This includes local straw and wood used as building materials and even wool shorn from local sheep as insulation. As a result, the children decided that perhaps modern day pigs may not consider brick! The day proved a complete success with all children starting to engage and think about where their electricity comes from and possible alternative renewable energy including wind, solar and hydro.

“Schoolchildren are the future, raising their awareness of issues now that surround the use of building materials and their sustainability together with the successful impact of renewable energy is vital.” says Robert Moore of George F White. “It is very important for businesses to be involved in the rural community – to put something back into the system, and we are wholly committed to educating from a very young age. We are delighted to be supporting this event.”

The aim of this event organised by The Glendale Agricultural Society is to educate children in all aspects of farming and rural life. Attended by 1500 children aged between 4 and 9, they experienced first, hand, and for many the first time, all aspects of rural life and farming. It gives the visiting children from Tyneside and Northumberland a unique opportunity to experience the traditions and relevance of farming and agriculture in their lives.

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