LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday (LOFS) will be held two weeks after the original planned date following Government’s announcements on the roadmap out of lockdown in England.
It will now take place officially on Sunday June 27, 2021 and is hoped to be ‘more popular than ever’ following several months of restricted activity and the cancellation of agricultural and country shows.
LOFS manager Annabel Shackleton said by this date, restrictions should be lifted for most parts of the country, allowing events to go ahead with minimal risk as well as giving farmers and the public confidence to enjoy a ‘safe, informative and fun day out on farms’.
“Big events may not be practical this year, but if the public is surging to the countryside, we would love to see hundreds of smaller events taking place,” said Ms Shackleton.
“This is an excellent opportunity to share the farming, sustainability and food production story, but also, crucially, how to respect the countryside as we head into the summer holidays, which may see many more people spending time in rural areas for their staycation.”
To help keep staff and visitors Covid-19 safe, host farmers have been asked to use a booking system, either through LOFS TryBooking ticketing service, Facebook, or their own to avoid overcrowding.
Farmers who wish to host the Sunday before or after the official 2021 date can access the same LOFS support and resources.
Visit www.farmsunday.org for more information and to register to host LOFS in June 2021.