Farmers in Norfolk support open farm event

More than 60 farms across East Anglia will be opening for Open Farm Sunday on Sunday, June 13.The national initiative, which is organised by LEAF - Linking Environment And Farming - and is backed by the NFU.

More than 60 farms across East Anglia will be opening for Open Farm Sunday on Sunday, June 13.

The national initiative, which is organised by LEAF - Linking Environment And Farming - and is backed by the NFU.

Farmers in Norfolk supporting the initiative include NFU county delegate Richard Hirst at Mill Farm, Ormesby, who will demonstrate salad planting and harvesting, weather permitting.

He has also arranged farm tours to see crops and livestock between 11am and 4pm.


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And near Dereham, at Walnut Tree Farm, Lyng, dairy farmer

William Brigham and family will be

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showing how cows are milked during an afternoon of activities, from 2pm.

Visitors can also see calves being fed, find out about the crops grown on the farm and enjoy tractor and trailer rides.

Farmer John Carrick will welcome visitors to Hunter's Hall, at Swanton Morley, near Dereham, between 11am and 4pm. There is a herd of White Park cattle to see and also farm walks, tractor and trailer rides and butchery demonstration.

In north Norfolk, at Copys Green Farm, Wighton, sustainable energy and cheese production will be on the menu.

Stephen and Catherine Temple will lead tours to look at their dairy herd, cheese room, biomass boiler systems and new anaerobic digestor, which is producing biogas to generate electricity.

They open the gates at 10.30am and are asking for �5 donation per car towards the Wighton village fundraising committee.

In the Waveney Valley, Shotford Hall Farm, near Harleston, will open between 11.30am and 5pm.

Meet the cows, which will be milked between 2pm and 4pm, or see sheep shearing or chicks hatching.

As an added attraction for this year's Open Farm Sunday, the NFU has teamed up with Britains Farm Toys to run the Young Countryside Reporter competition.

To enter, young visitors to farms aged 12 or under must write a 200 word report of their outing.

The best entry in East Anglia will win a miniature farm of their own, filled with toys and tractors worth �200.

The top report from a five to seven year-old in the region will win a bonus prize of a Britains Big Farm radio control John Deere tractor.

For details go to www.whyfarmingmatters.co.uk.

To find out about other farms opening in Norfolk, or other parts of East Anglia, visit the Open Farm Sunday website, www.farmsunday.org where you can search for participating farms near you.

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