YOUNGSTERS had a taste of the great outdoors and learned about the rural way of life when the Countryside Alliance hosted a Young Countryside Day at Throckmorton Clay Shooting Club.

Clare Rowson, spokesman for the Countryside Alliance Foundation, said they welcomed the opportunity to promote and raise awareness of the economic, social and environmental contribution made by rural activities to the countryside. “The aim of the Young Countryside Day is to offer students aged from 11 to 16 the opportunity to experience countryside activities and enhance their appreciation of the countryside and its people.

“The countryside is for everyone and we want to be able to help people understand the rural way of life.”

She said the day went some way to helping educate the youngsters in subjects relating to the conservation, protection and enjoyment of the countryside with the help of a team of fully qualified and accredited instructors.