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More than 225 farms opened their gates to the public last month to celebrate the best of British agriculture. The industry’s 18th annual Open... Open Farm Sunday puts farming in the spotlight

More than 225 farms opened their gates to the public last month to celebrate the best of British agriculture.

The industry’s 18th annual Open Farm Sunday on 9 June saw events take place across East Anglia. Organised by the Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) charity since, the day put farming centre stage for thousands of visitors.

OFS manager Annabel Shackleton thanked everyone who opened their gates to show visitors the incredible story behind the journey British food takes from field to fork.

“It has been a truly tremendous celebration of the hard work that farming’s guardians of the earth do day in day out to farm sustainably in harmony with nature. The feedback we’ve received has been phenomenal.”

Media coverage included local and regional radio stations, highlighting the work farmers and encouraged visitors to discover the farming stories on their doorstep.”

Huge support

An overwhelming majority (94%) of think growers and livestock producers are important – but only 12% are well-informed about what farmers do for the countryside, according to a LEAF-commissioned study.

“Our survey findings demonstrate why an event like Open Farm Sunday is so important to our industry and in contributing to the wider education of local communities”

It showed people have a healthy appetite to learn more about what farmers do for the environment and food production, added Ms Shackleton.

“The most powerful voices to share their knowledge and experiences are those of farmers themselves.”

Next year’s Open Farm Sunday will be on 8 June 2025. For full details, visit www.farmsunday.org