East Anglia: Sign up to Open Farm Sunday, urges roadshow

Jason and Katherine Salisbury won last year’s Best Alternative Land Enterprise (BALE) award run by S

Jason and Katherine Salisbury won last year’s Best Alternative Land Enterprise (BALE) award run by Suffolk Agricultural Association. - Credit: Sarah Lucy brown

A roadshow aimed at sweeping up more farmers into a national effort to showcase the work they do will be in Diss next month.

Open Farm Sunday, a nationwide event where farmers open the farm gate and let in the public for one day, is taking to the road in a bid to sign up more participants for this year’s event.

Organisers Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) will be holding a record 24 free information events around Britain, and will be in Diss on Wednesday, March 19, from 2pm to 5pm.

The roadshow will bring together new and experienced host farmers to share ideas and top tips on how to host inspiring visits.

Registrations to take part in this year’s Open Farm Sunday on June 8 opened two months ago, and are at a record level for this time of year with more than 36% of those registered are ‘first time farmers’.

Annabel Shackleton, Open Farm Sunday manager, said: “So many fantastic Open Farm Sunday events have taken place over the past eight years and we want to bring experienced and new host farmers together to share best practice as well as offering the latest advice and top tips on how to put on engaging events.”

Katharine Salisbury, of Suffolk Farmhouse Cheeses at Creeting St Mary, Needham Market, said it was “an ideal opportunity” to engage the general public with farming.

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“It is important to demonstrate how they can support their local farms and in so doing help to protect our valued countryside,” she said.

Open Farm Sunday Information Events are free but spaces are limited in some locations. To book your place and for further information about Open Farm Sunday and the Roadshow of Information Events, visit www.farmsunday.org.

Farmers planning to host an Open Farm Sunday event can register online.