Our School Trip – by Aaron

Last week our class went on a school trip to the Botanic Garden and Wester Hardmuir (In Inverness and Nairn) on Wednesday with Lynne. We went there to learn about farming and growing for our topic Farm to Fork.

Our coach first arrived in the botanical gardens. Did you know that botanical means to do with plants? We went into the gardens and split into the two halves of the classroom. There were two bits: the polytunnels and the tropical Glasshouses. Our group went to the polytunnel part first. There were lots of different types of colourful plants. These plants were put in baskets and then sold to places all across Scotland! 

After the polytunnel we went to see bug hotels. There were eleven in total; the biggest one was humongous! Once we were done looking at the bug hotels we had a look at the cactuses in the first half of the tropical Glasshouses. There were loads of different cactuses (some with very complicated names). We then went to the second half of the glasshouse where we saw lots of exotic plants including coffee beans, banana trees and Venus fly traps. There were also fish that we got to feed. It was very fun (One of the fish was 30 years old!). As soon as we were done looking at the carnivorous plants we met up with the other group.

We got onto the coach and went to Hardmuir fruit farm where we had lunch and played on some trampolines. After we had had lunch we met the people who owned the farm. They were called Sylvia and James. The first thing we did was take a walk through the fruit farm. There were fruits like strawberry, raspberry, blueberry, peaches, gooseberry, apples and blackberry. Walking back to where the coach was, we passed some apples that were there growing. Thankfully we had Ice cream which I have never eaten; ice cream that has just been made from fresh things. 

by Aaron


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