For more than a decade, farmers have been opening their gates to the public for Open Farm Sunday – an event which seeks to inform and inspire.
This year Open Farm Sunday will be held on 10 June and, as always, it is free to host an event. All farmers are encouraged to join, whatever the size or scale of the open day that they wish to hold.
Here we share some of the more candid photos taken on farms in recent years that show just how worthwhile hosting an event can be.
1. Be amazed
Open Farm Sunday has the power to inspire the next generation of farmers.
2. The royal seal of approval
HRH Countess of Wessex visits an event at the Leckford Estate in Hampshire.
3. Show and tell
There’s plenty of scope for practical demonstrations and to answer questions from the public.
4. All about the host farmers
The day gets a double thumbs up from this farm worker at Old Farm in Gloucestershire.
5. Mega machinery
It goes without saying, but big kit is always sure to draw a crowd and get the children (and the big kids) excited.
6. Livestock and learning
Open Farm Sunday is a great way for the public to learn about and appreciate how their food is produced.
7. Wooly wonders
Farm animals are a big hit with the public.
8. Pick of the bunch
This little girl’s face says it all.
9. All smiles
Tractor and trailer rides are a great way of ferrying people about and mean everyone keeps up with the tour. The novelty factor never fails to cultivate a few grins.
Open your farm
If you’re inspired to share your passion for farming on Open Farm Sunday there’s still time to register to hold an event of your own on 10 June 2018.
This year’s theme is the Great British Farm Day and organiser Linking Environment And Farming (Leaf) is calling on all farmers to open their gates – whatever their size or farming enterprise.
For more information, downloadable resources and to register your farm event, visit the Open Farm Sunday website.