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Hundreds of Farms across the UK are opening their doors to members of the public

[Thursday 10 June 2010]

Care about your food? That’s the message from farmers across the country, as they prepare to open their farm gates on Open Farm Sunday (13 June 2010). This annual event organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming) is a must for anyone interested in food, farming or the countryside.

A visit to a local farm on Open Farm Sunday is a great way to meet the farmers who grow your food and see how they care for the countryside. It could include a tractor and trailer ride, an opportunity to see sheep being sheared, cows being milked or even chicks hatching! There will be plenty of farm walks and nature trails organised, which are ideal ways to enjoy the peace and beauty of the countryside.

Why not make a day of it and take a picnic to enjoy with family and friends, down on the farm? For those of you who love machinery, there will be plenty of tractors and tools on show too.

Whatever you do, Open Farm Sunday is a great chance to take in some stunning scenery and enjoy the country air. You will really get to know how your food is produced and maybe even taste some, all whilst finding out how the countryside around you is cared for.

This will be the fifth Open Farm Sunday and over 450 farms across the country, from Cheshire to Cornwall, Flintshire to Fife and Norfolk to Northumberland, are expected to open. To find out which farms in our area are taking part, visit www.farmsunday.org

For up-to-date campaign information and to let them know about your time on the farm, follow them on Twitter - http://twitter.com/openfarmsunday

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