Hundreds of farms throughout the UK opened their gates yesterday (Sunday June 5) for the 2016 Open Farm Sunday event.
Organised by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), this was the 11th annual event, with guests this year including the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, Liz Truss.
Mrs Truss said the event not only ’promotes the excellent work by farmers and producers’, but also provides and insight into modern day farming.
Mrs Truss visited Cornerways Nursery near Kings Lynn, where she was joined by chief executive of LEAF, Caroline Drummond.
At Cornerways Nursery over 140 million tomatoes are grown each year. The glasshouse which covers over 18 hectares, is the largest of its kind in the country and an excellent example of sustainable farming practices delivering a strong commercial track record.
Mrs Truss said: "I am delighted to be supporting Open Farm Sunday. This great initiative not only promotes the excellent work done by farmers and producers from across the UK but also provides an insight into the highly innovative and enterprising world that modern day farming has become.
"At Cornerways Nursery in Wissington, the technical expertise, creativity and an eco-friendly approach in the UK’s largest glass house now produces 140 million tomatoes annually.
"This extremely successful horticultural business supplies direct to our supermarkets and during the peak months from March to November employs 400 staff on site."
While total visitor figures for the day are being totaled, Mrs Drummond said Cornerways was ’one of nearly 400 farms opening their gates on Open Farm Sunday this year’.
She said: “Delivering more sustainable food and farming has to start with reconnecting people with where their food comes from and how it is produced.
"Cornerways was one of nearly 400 farms opening their gates to the public this Sunday, 5th June for Open Farm Sunday.
"Thousands of visitors experienced farms close up and enjoyed the sights, sounds and smells of a huge diversity of farms across the country.
"Only by doing this can we start to build trust and understanding about food production, which, in turn, will lead to more sustainable food choices.
"This is what Open Farm Sunday is all about.”