Organisers LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) have ambitious plans for this year’s Open Farm Sunday.
LEAF want to build on the fantastic success of last year’s event when 7000 farmers and helpers hosted 400 open days all over the country for over 150,000 local families, friends and neighbours to learn about what farmer’s do, why they do it and why farms matter. Just like every farm being unique, no one event was the same, some organised a small farm walk for their non farming neighbours, whilst others put on activities, food tasting, tractor and trailer rides, plus much more for hundreds of people.
To help you organise an event LEAF will provide you with a pack to include – posters, flyers, roadside notice boards and arrows, suggested activities, H&S guidance, polo shirts and lots more! In addition to the pack LEAF is organising a series of practical on farm events/workshops to provide advice on how to publicise and organise a fun and safe event. An outline programme and venues are below.
If you would like to take part in Open Farm Sunday please register your event on www.farmsunday.org or if you would like to know more first, please telephone LEAF on 02476 413911.
OPEN FARM SUNDAY WORKSHOPS 2008
2.00pm Open Farm Sunday farm Walk covering top tips and guidance -
- Feedback and lessons learnt from 2007
- Generating interest and publicity
- Avoiding jargon, handling tricky questions and awkward visitors
- Activities – making it memorable and introducing the wow factor
- Crowd control, trailer ride vs walk and displays
- Making it safe - H&S, insurance, bio-security, toilets and hand washing.
- Car parking, charging; first aid, disabled visitors, wet weather plan
4.15pm Resource Pack - pick up your free Open Farm Sunday Resource Pack, to include hosts polo shirt, posters, flyers, roadside notice boards, arrows, and lots more!
4.20pm Tea and cake
5th March Cinderbarrow Farm, Levens (Coates), Kendal, Cumbria
6th March Greenwell Farm, Towlaw, Bishop Auckland, County Durham
12th March Hall Farm, Stainton-Le-Vale, Market Rasen, Lincolnshire
13th March Whirlow Hall Farm, Whirlow Lane, Sheffield, South Yorkshire
18th March JSR Farms, Southburn, Driffield, East Yorkshire
19th March Claremont Farm, Clatterbridge, Wirral, Merseyside
20th March Longlands, Whitbourne, Herefordshire
31st March The Allerton Project, Loddington, East Norton, Leicestershire
2nd April Walk Farm, Witham Friary, Frome, Somerset
3rd April Town Barton, Sandford, Crediton, Devon
7th April Woottons Cottage Farm, Croxden, Uttoxeter, Staffordshire
10th April Crichton Royal Farm, Glencaple Road, Dumfries
11th April Tarrylaw, Balbeggie, Perth
14th April Press Mains, Coldingham, Berwickshire
16th April Hampden Bottom Farm, Rignall Road, Great Missenden, Buckinghamshire
17th April Lower Farm, Troston, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk
22nd April Gelli Aur College Farm, Gelli Aur, Carmarthen
23rd April Hafod y Llan, Nant Gwynant, Beddgelert, Gwynedd
25th April Chaites Farm, Bolney, Haywards Heath, West Sussex
1st May Bradfords Farm, Benham Estate Office, Newbury, Berkshire
If you would like to attend one of these events please telephone LEAF on 02476 413911