Four years ago, Hayley had never even seen a squirrel in-person before, let alone sheep, but now incredibly she is training to become a shepherdess with two of her own sheep.
Hayley lives in Scotland with her brother and Swiis foster carers Alison and Ron. Prior to moving to a small village in the countryside to live with Alison and Ron, Hayley had never spent much time in the countryside, but all that changed when Hayley took part in the ‘Estates that Educate’ Programme.
The ‘Estates that Educate’ programme select students from various schools to visit local estates to learn about agriculture and estate life. After one of these visits, Hayley’s foster carer, Alison, spoke to Lianne MacLennan from the Angus Moorland Group about how much Hayley had enjoyed her visit and if there were any opportunities over the summer that Hayley could take part in.
In July of last year, Hayley was offered the chance to help shear sheep at the Hunt Hill Estate. On Hayley’s last day the manager of Hunt Hill Estate, Neil Annand, said about Hayley “She really got stuck in and used her initiative without being asked to do things. It was very refreshing to see in a youngster, she really demonstrated an exceptional work ethic.
Neil then invited Hayley back when the lambing season commenced over the Easter period. Hayley was supported by her foster carers Alison and Ron to attend Hunt Hill Estate to learn and help with the lambing.
Hayley worked alongside Simon and Laura, Hunt Hill Estate’s shepherd and sheepdog trainers. They were extremely impressed with Hayley’s enthusiasm and willingness to work and learn.
Towards the end of the lambing period, Simon and Laura kindly gifted Hayley two lambs to start off her flock.