The NFU is set to bring farming fun and a taste of the countryside to the city this weekend.
NFU South East is to deliver a #backBritishfarming exhibit at the Lambeth country show, one of the UK's biggest free family festivals that takes place in Brockwell Park, Herne Hill, south London on July 21/22, 2018.
The NFU display will be situated in the 'Brockwell farm' zone and consumers will be encouraged to back British farming, with plenty of farming activity packs and recipe books on offer. Visitors can expect to see commonly grown commercial crops, wildflowers and a native hedgerow. Youngsters can milk a model dairy cow and mill wheat into flour, learning more about where food comes from.
Plants have been grown by East Sussex NFU member Gillian van der Meer, a dairy farmer and chairman of Battle and Rye NFU. She says: "This has been a difficult year with a cold, late spring, coupled with the prolonged dry spell. Despite this, I have still managed to bring all the plants to the right stage of growth on time. Lambeth presents a great opportunity to connect with city dwellers and farmers will be helping to man our stand and field questions about British farming and food from visitors."
Mrs van der Meer will also deliver a presentation on British farming and food, followed by a Q&A session, in the show's Discovery Zone at 4.15pm on Saturday July 21. She will be supported by NFU South East Communications Adviser Isobel Bretherton.
Now in its 44th year, the Lambeth Country Show is a free event attracting up to 190,000 people to Brockwell Park, Herne Hill. The show has all the attractions of a traditional country fair, but with multicultural craft and food stalls, and diverse music on offer.