Britain’s first national farm open day – Farm Sunday – is to go ahead on 11 June.
It has been hailed as one of farming’s best chances to bridge the town-and-country divide and aims to get as many farmers as possible across the UK to open their farm gates and encourage the public in to see what they do and why they do it.
The idea comes from Herts-based farmer Ian Pigott. On a Nuffield Scholarship study tour of Denmark, he encountered Abent Landbruk (open farm), a national event that has run for five years.
Last year 67 Danish farms took part and 44,000 visitors came.
The UK version is being organised by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) but is open to all farmers, LEAF members or not.
In fact, says the organisation’s Roly Puzey, the more farmers that take part, the bigger the impact.
The open days can range from the modest – half-a-dozen locals having an hour’s stroll around the fields – to a multi-farmer open day with displays of food products to illustrate the link between food and farming.
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