A GROUP of girl guides from the coast came to Tamworth recently to get some perspective on the drought and give a bit of help where they could.
Girl Guides from the Warners Bay branch near Lake Macquarie visited a farm in Tintinthull last week where they got a run down of farm life and the effects of the ongoing dry spell.
The young girls' journey to Tamworth started, in a sense, about 12 months ago.
It was eye opening to see just how truly dry the paddocks have become and the measures having to be taken to ensure that stock remain fed and healthy.Girl Guides leader Rachael Hatton
The Warners Bay guides and senior guides began discussing the drought affecting NSW farmers and decided to do some fundraising to help them out.
The girls made home-made jewellery, bath salts, sugar exfoliating scrubs, jams and relishes and sold these at market stalls and raised more than $3500.
"With assistance from Brian Sherwood from the Department of Industry, and especially from Janelle Tongue from the local branch of the NSW Farmers Association, we were generously welcomed to three local farms to learn about the drought," leader Rachael Hatton said.
"It was eye opening to see just how truly dry the paddocks have become and the measures having to be taken to ensure that stock remain fed and healthy."