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Open Farm Sunday announce preparation events

Ahead of the 2016 Open Farm Sunday event, organisers have announced a series of nationwide events to prepare farmers to have the best possible open farm events.


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Last year 291,000 people visited a farm for the campaign’s 10th anniversary
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Open Farm Sunday organisers, LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming), has announced a series of events to prepare farmers for the national Open Farm Sunday event on June 5, 2016.

 

The events are made to inspire and help both experienced and new host farmers, to ensure everyone has the best possible open farm event.

 

All events are free of charge and are open to all farmers.

 

There are Share Your Story Events, tried and tested information events, as well as school visit workshops.

 

Success

 

Open Farm Sunday manager, Annabel Shackleton said: "Last year, Open Farm Sunday was a huge success, and we are keen to ensure 2016 is even better.

 

"We are organising this programme of events to inspire experienced host farmers and support new host farmers who are thinking of taking part for the first time this year.

 

"We encourage all farmers to start planning ahead so that they are fully prepared to open their gates to the general public.

 

"Open Farm Sunday on 5th June and Open Farm School Days throughout June are a perfect opportunity for farmers to share their story so people can see for themselves why farming is so important and how it affects our daily lives - from food and fuel to clothing and manufacturing. We are looking forward to more farmers taking part this year

 

Events

 

Farming guest speakers will host the Share Your Story events, offering farmers the opportunity to share best practice and network with their peers.

 

The Information Events will cover all aspects of putting on safe and engaging Open Farm Sunday events, and are ideal for first time farmers and farmers wanting to update their knowledge.

 

LEAF is working in partnership with Farming and Countryside Education (FACE) to deliver four school visit workshops for farmers looking to host school visits, not only for Open Farm School Days in June but also at other times of the year.

 

The workshops will provide advice on how to organise classroom trips that align with the curriculum and lots of inspirational activity ideas.

 


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Event dates

Share Your Story events

 

  • Hertfordshire
  • Somerset
  • North Yorkshire

 

Information events

 

  • Cheshire
  • Powys
  • West Sussex
  • Rutland
  • Wiltshire
  • Cornwall
  • County Durham
  • Oxfordshire

School Visit Workshops

 

  • Hampshire
  • Devon
  • West Midlands
  • Bedfordshire

 

Book your place

  • Farmers can book a free place at any of LEAF’s preparation events as well as register to take part in Open Farm Sunday and Open Farm School Days at www.farmsunday.org.
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