Organisers have branded this year’s Open Farm Sunday, held on 7th June, a record breaking success.
According to organisers LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), more than a quarter of a million visitors visited one of almost 400 farms which were open across the country. Good weather and pre-event publicity help beat last year’s record visitor figures by around 15 per cent.
Annabel Shackleton, Open Farm Sunday manager at LEAF commented, “Our tenth Open Farm Sunday has been a resounding success and a fantastic celebration of British farming and food. We’re particularly delighted so many families took the time to visit farms up and down the country, many for the first time. On behalf of LEAF I’d like to offer a huge thank you to everyone involved.”
In Lincolnshire, potato grower and produce packer Worth Farms and QV Foods received more than 1,000 visitors. Duncan Worth said, “Open Farm Sunday is a wonderful opportunity for people to get to have a look around working farms such as ours across the country. The numbers of visitors today, all interested to learn more about modern farming and food production, highlights how important this is for our local community too.”
Open Farm Sunday 2016 will be on the 5th June.