SOME 750 primary school children took part in an extravaganza of rural and environmental activities at the Duchy College's annual Countryside Day at Stoke Climsland recently. Pupils from schools in Callington, Stoke Climsland, Braddock and Upton Cross saw animals ranging from small pets to farm livestock, participated in a huge straw bale maze, a woodland trail, pond dipping and army camouflage face painting. This year, new attractions included horse and vintage tractor ploughing and guests included the Women Farmers' Union, who organised puzzles to demonstrate the parts of an animal and how they correspond to cuts of meat and the parish pildlife project, which had brought along a display of wildlife artefacts. The event was organised by a small team of nine higher education students with help from all departments and guest organisations. It preceded the annual open day at the college where the public were treated to jumping displays, musical rides, dog displays and a falconry show and given a chance to try out free archery sessions, climbing and abseiling. They were also invited to see many creative crafts on show, machinery and workshops. Principal of Cornwall College John Latham said: 'The whole college worked together as a team to present two superb days of education, information and fun. It was a chance for people of all ages to have a great day out, exploring the campus. 'We hope to welcome many of those who came along as future students training towards a future in a wide range of countryside and rural businesses.'