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Open Farm Sunday: An invitation to celebrate the countryside across the South West

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: May 28, 2014

Alicia Padfield, Robson Cole, Nyah Addicott and  Woody Cole  at Jeremy Padfield's Church Farm at Stratton-on-Fosse, Somerset one of almost 80 in the South West to be taking part in Open Farm Sunday   Picture:  Lloyd Ellington

Alicia Padfield, Robson Cole, Nyah Addicott and Woody Cole at Jeremy Padfield's Church Farm at Stratton-on-Fosse, Somerset one of almost 80 in the South West to be taking part in Open Farm Sunday Picture: Lloyd Ellington

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Almost 80 farms in the South West will unlock their gates to the public on June 8 for Open Farm Sunday, letting people get a taste of where their food comes from.

Open Farm Sunday organisers say it is "a fantastic project which has seen hundreds of farmers across the UK opening up their farm for one Sunday each year since 2006! It is a fantastic opportunity for everyone, young and old, to discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer."

Farm visitors can take time to listen to the birds, soak up the scenery, experience the smells of the farmyard and really get in touch with the land that feeds us.

Each event is unique with its own activities – based around the farm's own individual story. Activities during the day may include a farm walk, nature trail, tractor and trailer rides, pond dipping, activities for children, a mini farmers market or picnics.

Frogmary Green Farm in South Petherton, South Somerset, is one such farm that is taking part this year. Chicken farmer Nick Bragg took part in the event last year in the hope of educating youngsters in the advantages of farming.

He said: "I think there are so many career opportunities within agriculture – not just sitting on a tractor."

Disability charity Brandon Trust is holding an open day on June 8, from 10am to 2pm, at its working farm project Elm Tree Farm, in Bristol.

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