Open Farm Sunday: hundreds of farmers welcome the public

13 June 2022

A farmer demonstrates to parents and children how to roll a fleece from a sheared sheep

250 farms took part in this year's Open Farm Sunday from LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).

LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday returned on Sunday 12 June. Nearly 250 farmers opened their farms to the public this year, over 130 of which were NFU members.

Since Open Farm Sunday began in 2006, over 1600 farmers across the country have welcomed over two million people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.

We provided over 20,000 resources for members for their Open Farm Sunday events. These included activity packs comprising of our Let’s Talk Farming fun and activity booklets, pencils, stickers and the latest edition of Countryside magazine.

Healthy soil, healthy food

This year’s theme was the many health benefits that can be found on farm, including healthy soil, healthy food, or a healthy mind.

Visitors can also learned first-hand how farmers are committed to:

  • sustainability
  • biodiversity
  • animal welfare
  • managing the countryside

Family-friendly event

From self-guided walks to trailer rides, demonstrations and fun activities for children, the family-friendly event offered a great opportunity for members of the public to learn first-hand what it means to be a farmer.

Based around the farm’s individual story, they could learn where their food comes from and the high standards it’s produced to.

If you missed it, you can watch some virtual visits on Open Farm Sunday's YouTube, including NFU Cymru Deputy President Abi Reader's farm.

Farmers deliver for the health of us all

Speaking about the importance of the event, LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday manager Annabel Shackleton said: “LEAF Open Farm Sunday is the perfect way for visitors to really understand what best practice looks like and how farmers and the food sector are part of the solution, delivering for our health and the health of the planet – through the food we eat and the fresh air and countryside that we enjoy.”

Get more information at www.farmsunday.org.

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