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King Charles meets Scots schoolchildren learning rural skills on estate he helped save

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King Charles has met Scots schoolchildren who are learning rural skills on an estate he helped to save. The monarch met students taking part in a soil-testing workshop at the MacRobert Farming and Rural Skills Centre on the Dumfries House estate in East Ayrshire today.

The facility is intended to make the agricultural sector more accessible to those with no connection to it including school leavers, job hunters and secondary school pupils.The multimillion-pound centre, which has been in planning since 2019, will give students practical training on either day visits or residential courses, as well as training farmers on improving sustainability.

The King met pupils, some of whom are involved in a Prince’s Foundation course, Food For The Future, designed to reduce food waste and to teach pupils about where food comes from.He asked students “are you enjoying it?” and “you all like being outside?”, and about their relationship with farming.Marcel Emmery, 15, from Saltcoats, North Ayrshire, has no connection with farming but is enjoying learning new skills.He and his friends, from an urban seaside town, are taking part in Food For The Future.Marcel said: “It was exciting meeting the King.

He was really interested in the project and asked us lots of questions. He was asking us about soil samples and what were were working on.“I’m not from a farming family but I found it really interesting coming here.

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