Open Farm Sunday 2011 – Wet but not a washout!

Jake Freestone at Overbury Farms for Open Farm Sunday

Just days after drought was declared in Britain, after one of the driest springs on record the heavens opened, with some parts of the UK getting more than half an inch in less than 24 hours. Unfortunately, the rain came just a day too early for farmers on Open Farm Sunday. So much hard work had gone into preparations for the day but farmers and the visitors across the country were not going to let a bit of rain spoil the day!

In the lead up to this year’s Open Farm Sunday we had some fantastic press coverage and some incredible web statistics! Over 70, 000 people went on to the website to find their nearest open farm in the two weeks leading up to the big day.

Welly wanging at Wilkin & Sons, Tiptree

Thousands of people made it out on to farms yesterday and had a very enjoyable day. All learning new things about food, farming and the countryside, reaching out to discover more about what farmers do. Much fun was to be had with tractor and trailer rides, farm walks and talks, demonstrations and activities for all the family.

Already we are getting some great photographs through for the photography competition and some great feedback through the online questionnaire and twitter!

Huge thanks from all the LEAF Team to every farmer who opened up on the day, the host of helpers and to the thousands of people who visited their local farm to support British farming.

Please let us have your feedback, photos and comments so we can ensure that we can continue to make the day a great success.

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