Open Farm Sunday – get involved!
Friday, 11 January 2008 15:32
Open Farm Sunday 2008Organisers 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.


1.45pm             Arrive

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

4.30pm             Finish




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