Farms open their gates for open day

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Sunday June 9 is Open Farm Sunday, when farms across the country open their gates to visiters so they can find out how food is grown and produced sustainably.

Manor Farm in Catthorpe is opening its gates to visitors for free, for what promises to be a fascinating and enjoyable day out for the whole family. This annual nationwide event is organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming).

This year people can learn all about the different seasons on the farm and how the weather affects the work farms do. There will be tractors and machinery on show, animals, farmers to question, a quiz, bouncy castle, face painting and lots more.

Caroline Ellerker, from Manor Farm, said: “There is a lot to celebrate about British farming – so do come and join us on Open Farm Sunday and find out why. The team at Manor Farm is really looking forward to welcoming everyone and showing them around the farm.

“During your visit you will discover what we do throughout the year on the farm so that we can grow wheat, barley, potatoes and other crops. These are used in your breakfast cereals, flour, beer and more. You can also come and meet our animals including the pigs, sheep horses, ducks and chickens.

There will also be a chance to walk around the farm and meet the farmers – you can question them about their work and see all the equipment they use too. There will also be some hands on activities and a chance to see how the weather affects the farm – from frosts to droughts. There will also be a raffle and stalls on the day to raise money for the village church.

Manor Farm Shop & Tearoom is in Main Street, Catthorpe, LE17 6DB and will be open between 11am and 3pm. Admission is free but there is a small charge for some activities.

To find out more visit farmsunday.org or leafuk.org