Children learning kindness through animal encounters at Hartpury


Hartpury gave local children the opportunity to get up close and personal with some of the college’s wide variety of animals as part of the ‘Humans and Animals Learning Together’ (HALT) project.

The children, aged seven to 11, came to Hartpury as part of a three-week course organised by the Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Association and Cheltenham Animal Shelter. The course is aimed at nurturing kindness, respect and responsibility towards both animals and people in the children involved, many of whom have had behavioural and/or emotional issues.

Hartpury proved the perfect setting for the children to get hands on with the many different animals, including the recently added rare breed Bagot goats.

They were also taught how to care for dogs, including cleaning their kennels, exercising and training them. Richard Alcock, Animal Management instructor at Hartpury, said: “We had the children in during their course and got them involved in preparing food and feeding a wide range of animals.

“The children really enjoyed it, and we are always willing to help in such an important project and we look forward to welcoming them again in the future.”

For more information about the course, contact Debbie Morgan, the Education Officer at Gloucestershire Animal Welfare Association on 01242 523521 or email

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