West Sussex farmer Tim Lock spoke of his “brilliant” experience at Number 10 Downing Street after spending a day helping children learn about food and farming. 

Tim, who has been a dairy and arable farmer near Arundel in West Sussex since the 1950s, took part in the ‘Lessons at 10’ series event, an initiative organised by the Prime Minister’s wife Akshata Murty, as NFU Education farmers for schools ambassador.

Forty pupils from a primary school in Yeovil, Somerset, enjoyed a tailor-made lesson on food and farming which was part of NFU Education’s Farming STEMterprise project and challenged them to invent their own finger foods using a range of British ingredients. 

The children also had to market their creations and explain the many benefits of using homegrown British produce.

Tim said: “It was an absolutely brilliant experience on a number of levels. The NFU education department did a brilliant job of organising the whole thing, the kids were really engaged and the teachers were very helpful. Personally, it was very special to be able to go into 10 Downing Street and to be a part of it.”

NFU education manager Josh Payne said it was “wonderful to see Mrs Murty recognising the value of teaching key STEM subjects through the lens of food and farming”.