Over 250 farmers welcomed the public onto their farms for this year’s LEAF Open Farm Sunday (LOFS) to shine a spotlight on the British farming industry and all it delivers.
This year, farmers welcomed over 170,000 people onto farms across Britain on Sunday, June 11. Every event was unique, showcasing the whole industry, from arable, horticulture, livestock and agro-forestry to the science and technology involved.
Farmers shared the same aim of helping to bridge the farm and fork disconnect and to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to sustainability, biodiversity and delivering nutritious food and a well-managed countryside.
LEAF Honorary President, Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh visited the LOFS event at Hampton Estate Farms in Surrey. During her tour she saw first-hand what farming delivers and met some inspirational young people to hear about how they are forging their careers in the sector.
Annabel Shackleton, LOFS manager, said: “At a time when the public is more aware than ever of the value of their food – in terms of food security and how much it costs – farming’s annual open day is so important.
“It offers a fantastic opportunity for the whole industry to unite and build support for the sector, showcasing the very best of what they do. Not only have farmers collectively raised the profile of British food and farming, but we have also inspired a new generation of agri-food professionals.”
Ms Shackleton continued: “We are seeing an ever-increasing desire amongst the public to learn more about where their food comes from. By taking part in LOFS, farmers continue to help change people’s perceptions and understanding of the industry. It is a truly magical day, bringing farming to life for thousands of visitors.
“We’re calling on all farmers to think about how they can get involved in next year’s LEAF Open Farm on Sunday, June 9, and have a real, lasting positive impact in 2024!”