Farms opening their gates to the public this Sunday
By David Wood
Where: Various farms in Gloucestershire
When: Sunday, June 9, opening times vary (see below)
Farms across Gloucestershire will be opening their gates to the public this Sunday (June 9) as part of LEAF Open Farm Sunday.
It's a great chance for visitors to get closer to farming and see for themselves where their food comes from, how it is produced and learn more about farming and the fabulous job it does.
Now in its 14th year, LEAF Open Farm Sunday offers a unique chance to see what happens beyond the farm gate and show your support for British farming.
Annabel Shackleton, LEAF Open Farm Sunday manager, said: "LEAF Open Farm Sunday is a wonderful opportunity for visitors - both young and old - to get closer to farming and the people that make it happen.
"Each event is unique, each farm is different and every farmer too, but what they all share is a passion for farming, amazing expertise and a commitment to caring for the countryside.
"Some farms have been passed down through the generations, others are managed by those who have chosen farming as their career; each has its own special story to tell and LEAF Open Farm Sunday is the ideal chance to come and hear it."
The following Gloucestershire farms are taking part in the event:
Old Farm, Dorn, Moreton in Marsh, GL56 9NS
This is a 300 acre mixed family farm with sheep, beef, pigs, horses, arable, farm shop, B&B and camping field. The farm is part of Batsford Estate, one mile north of Moreton in Marsh and was used as the
location for "Nigel and Adam's Farm Kitchen" filmed for BBC1 in 2013. Masterchef semi-finalist Sarah Dugdale from Bourton-on-the-Water will also be there to make some fabulous food for £5. There will also be a farm walk and machinery display. Opening times: 10.30am to 4.30pm
Church Farm, Church Road, Leonard Stanley, GL10 3NP
On this free range farm you will be able to interact with the calves and youngstock from their herd, visit their cheese making facility and buy their cheese. Ice cream will also be on sale from another local free range farm. Refreshments will also be available. Opening times: 11am to 4pm
Bentleys, Castle Fruit Farm, Newent, GL18 1LS
Come and see a forward-looking fruit farm in beautiful countryside. Castle Fruit Farm is a small fruit farm growing apples, pears and plums. Opening times: 10:30am to 4pm
Elm Tree Farm, Tortworth Estate Company, Tortworth, Wotton-Under-Edge, GL12 8HF
Elm Tree Farm is an 1,150 acre organic dairy farm milking 350 British Friesian cows on the Tortworth Estate. Visitors park at the Estate Farm Shop and can then get a tractor and trailer ride, or walk, across to the farm.
Milking can be seen in the morning (up to approximately 12 noon), there will be a farm tour and plenty of opportunity to ask questions and find out everything about life on the farm. Refreshments will be available on the farm with proceeds to Dementia Revolution. The Estate Farm shop and cafe will host a farmers market and a demonstration tent with events running through the day.
There will be other village events running, including the Tortworth Primary School fete with teas and traditional games, and a village walk taking in the historic St Andrews Church and ancient chestnut tree.
This is a free event, sponsored by Tortworth Estate, The Tortworth Estate Shop, Tortworth Plants and some of our local suppliers and businesses. Opens at 10am
Guiting Manor Farms Ltd, Farm Office, Guiting Power, GL54 5UX
Guiting Manor Farms is a typical Cotswold hill farm located in the village of Guiting Power, farming arable crops, sheep and woodland. The farm has an active integrated wildlife and landscape management programme. The farmyard will have a static display of large scale agricultural machinery and equipment with farm staff on hand to explain their various uses as well as showing arable crops and their end uses (food stuffs).
A wildlife consultant (FWAG) will be present to give talks and information regarding farmland wildlife. Historical information will be on view about the farm and village. Also on display will be ewes and lambs for educational purposes. Representatives of the Gloucestershire Branch of Butterfly Conservation and Upper Windrush Local History Society will be in attendance.
Guided farm tours by tractor and trailer will run approximately every 30 minutes. Gloucestershire Naturalists Society - the volunteer group that records the county's natural history - will have an information stand at the event and lead two walks around parts of the Guiting Manor Estate. The first is an 'early bird' walk starting at 9am (birds are more active in the morning) lasting about 3 hours. After lunch there will be a shorter walk from 2pm. Opening times: 10am to 4pm
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