The Royal Highland Education Trust is marking its 20th anniversary with a charity tractor tour of Scotland.
RHET started educating the children of Scotland in 1999, teaching them where food comes from and the environment around them. Today, RHET takes more than 16,500 children onto farms and estates throughout Scotland every academic year.
To help mark this milestone, George Lawrie, Chairman of the RHET board, is undertaking a tractor tour and visiting a school in each of the 12 Countryside Initiative (CI) areas around Scotland. This will take place the week prior to the Royal Highland Show, starting off from the showground on the 12th of June and finishing back at the showground on the 19th of June. The planned route will cover around 600 miles with the aim of raising £10 for every mile travelled to the Trust.
George Lawrie said 'I will be visiting two schools per day spending around two hours at each school. These visits will be about more than just a tractor as each individual CI will be bringing in volunteers to talk about farming in their area'.
To support this trip, farm machinery dealer the Hamilton Ross Group have supplied the RHET with a Massey Ferguson tractor from their Reekie Ltd Perth depot. In addition, Allison Enterprises and the Binn Group, both of Glenfarg, are supplying a trailer that will be used to carry a Highland cow sculpture made from recycled farm metal by Kev Paxton of ArtFe, that will be auctioned later this year. Ringlink and Scottish Fuel are supplying diesel for the tour.
George added 'We are indebted to the generosity of these companies allowing us to undertake this tour. Please follow our Facebook page to hear when other companies sign up their support. You can visit our JustGiving page to pledge your support and help us with the challenge of raising £10 for every mile travelled.'