On Sunday 1st June, hundreds of farmers across the country will be opening their gates to the public. Open Farm Sunday, organised by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) offers a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to enjoy the living , vibrant countryside.
A day spent in the countryside is a day feeding the senses. With over 500 farms around Britain expected to open to the public on 1st June, there will be plenty of opportunities to take time to listen to the birds, soak up the scenery nurtured by the farmer, experience the smells of of the farmyard and really get in touch with the land that sustains us. It is a great chance to discover first hand what it means to be a farmer – and even taste the produce that comes from the land.
Some of the Farms in the Cotswolds that are taking part in Open Farm Sunday are:-
Dorn, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9NS
Telephone: 01608 650394
Old Farm is open from 11.00 to 15.00 and activities include- Shearing Demonstration (at 11.30 and 13.30) – Farm Walk & Quiz- Guided Farm Tour (at 14.00) – Farm Shop
Blockley, Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire GL56 9LN
Telephone 01386 700482
Greystone Farm is open from 14.30 to 16.30 and you can see the cows being milked and the calves being fed plus a Nature Trail.
Manor Farm Chedworth
Newport, Chedworth, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire GL54 4NU
Telephone 01285 720233
Manor Farm is open from 12.00 and activities will include a Farm Trail & Quiz – Dry Stone Walling demonstration – Model Aircraft flying display including toffee bomber – Shearing demonstration (15.00) – Cows being milked (16.00 onwards) – some refreshments will be available
Over, Gloucester GL2 8DB
Telephone 07831 237353
Over Farm is open from 10.00 to 17.00. There will be two Nature Trails, one of about 2 miles and one small one of about 500 metres. Trailer Rides all day – Farm Shop.
Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) is a national charity that helps farmers to care for the environment and the wildlife that it sustains.
An increasing number of farmers are signing up to the LEAF scheme which integrates modern farming know-how with conservation.
Food carrying the LEAF marque logo indicates that it has been grown by farmers who are committed to looking after the countryside and the environment.
The National Agricultural Centre
Telephone 0247 6413911