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Over 270,000 people enjoyed UK's Open Farm Sunday

Staff Writer |
Across the country, from Orkney to Jersey, the food and farming industry came together last weekend to showcase all that British farmers deliver, as 358 farms opened their gates to the public for LEAF Open Farm Sunday. 26% of them were opening for the first time (94 farms).

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Initial estimates from organisers LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) indicate that over 270,000 people visited a farm.

This brings the total number of visitors to a farm for LEAF Open Farm Sunday over the last 13 years to over 2.2 million, demonstrating the significant impact the day has on connecting the public with farming.

Once again, the range of events was extensive, from private farm walks for 20, to farms that welcomed thousands.

But their goal was the same - to offer visitors a unique insight into what farmers do and what British farming delivers – from food to crops for fuel, clothing and medicines - to the vital work they carry out in caring for the environment.

LEAF Open Farm Sunday once again received significant support from across the industry and on the day itself, LEAF welcomed Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Michael Gove to Tuesley Farm, part of the Hall-Hunter Partnership.

LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2018 sponsors included: Arla Foods, Asda, BASF plc, Co-op, Defra, Farmers Weekly, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, LEAF Marque, Marks and Spencer, The National Farmers’ Union, Sainsbury’s, Tesco, Waitrose and the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board.

Plans are already underway for next year’s LEAF Open Farm Sunday, which ill take place on 9th June 2019, and LEAF are hoping the popularity this year will encourage more farmers to get involved.

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