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Open Farm Sunday puts farming in the spotlight

Farmers across Britain are celebrating the success of the 18th anniversary Open Farm Sunday (OFS), the industry’s annual open day which took place on Sunday 9th June. Managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) since it began in 2006, the day brought together the whole food and farming industry to put farming centre stage.

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BRITONS VALUE FARMERS IMMENSELY BUT HAVE NO IDEA WHAT THEY ACTUALLY DO, NEW RESEARCH SHOWS

The new study suggests farmers are the unsung heroes of Britain because the full scope of their tireless work goes under-appreciated. The majority of Britons (94 per cent) think the work that farmers do is important, the survey found.

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COMPETITION: Design the ultimate cape for the Guardians of the Earth!

We're calling all aspiring artists, young and old, to unleash your creativity and craft a cape that embodies the spirit of our fabulous ‘Guardians of the Earth’ - our hardworking farmers!

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Frame the narrative. Direct the action. Be the hero.

The organisers of Open Farm Sunday (OFS), LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), are supporting farms of all sizes with advice and free resources to showcase British farming on 9th June 2024. Now in its 18th year, the industry’s annual open day provides an opportunity for every farmer to put their stories centre stage and promote a positive image of the industry.

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DIARY DATE: 9th June - Meet the Guardians of the Earth this Open Farm Sunday!

Open Farm Sunday is back for its 18th year! Marking farming’s annual, national open day, this year’s event will take place on Sunday 9th June, where hundreds of farms across Britain open their gates to the public.

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Open gates, open minds – share your story your way

The organisers of Open Farm Sunday (OFS), LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) are encouraging more farmers to enjoy the multiple benefits that come from showcasing British farming by hosting an event in June this year.

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Open Farm Sunday; 18 years in the making and open to all in 2024

This year Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), celebrates its 18th anniversary with a focus on encouraging more farmers to open their gates, tell their unique stories and put farming centre stage.

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Open Farm Sunday invites farmers to host farmer conference

Join us and other OFS host farmers on the 20th March for a day of inspiring workshops, presentations and discussion to discover how we can make OFS 2024 another huge success! 10am to 3:30pm at Bragborough Hall Business Centre, Daventry. Book your FREE ticket here...

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2023 Impacts!

Our Impact report is out now, and we’re delighted to share with you the impact that collectively you have had through opening your gates in June! Dive into this year’s incredible achievements and discover how we’re bridging the gap between the public and farming.

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Feedback Scrapbook 2023!

Take at look at our 2023 Feedback Scrapbook which encapsulates some of the incredible feedback we’ve had from visitors and farmers, demonstrating the positive impact of LEAF Open Farm Sunday, 11th June 2023.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday drives consumer understanding and support for British agriculture

The growing impact of farm visits in connecting the public with farming and food production has, once again, been demonstrated by this year’s LEAF Open Farm Sunday. Results from LOFS2023 surveys are published today (1st August 2023).

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday connects communities with British farming and food

Over 250 farmers welcomed the public onto their farms for this year’s LEAF Open Farm Sunday (LOFS) to shine a spotlight on the British farming industry and all it delivers.

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British farmers rally public support on LEAF Open Farm Sunday – farming’s annual open day

On Sunday 11th June, over 250 farmers across Britain welcomed thousands of people onto farms for farming’s annual open day. Managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), LEAF Open Farm Sunday offers a wonderful opportunity for visitors 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.

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Delve into the agri-food industry this month by visiting a farm on LEAF Open Farm Sunday

On 11th June, farmers across the country will once again open their gates for a national celebration of farming and all it delivers, inviting the public to join them and discover where their food comes from.

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Heading to an Open Farm Sunday event? Enjoy your visit safely say health experts

Public health experts at the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) are reminding families of the simple steps they can take to make sure they safely enjoy visits to farms this summer.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday has positive impact on career prospects

The agricultural sector, like many, is continuing to face a workforce crisis. Businesses right across the country are struggling to recruit staff, despite offering excellent benefits, investment in personal development through training and, in some cases, the opportunity to be at the forefront of advancements within the sector. This crisis is not just facing farming operations that are looking for team members to rear livestock or grow crops, but the whole industry, from agricultural engineers and vets to researchers and scientists, hauliers, auctioneers, grain buyers and journalists to name but a few.

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Invite to breakfast with LEAF Open Farm Sunday

A series of breakfast meetings will be hosted across Britain over the next few weeks by the organisers of the popular flagship on-farm event, LEAF Open Farm Sunday. Between 16th February and 4th April, 10 regional LEAF Open Farm Sunday ambassadors are holding informal meet ups over breakfast to support, inspire and upskill farmers thinking about taking part in the event on 11th June.

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Motivating conferences

LEAF Open Farm Sunday Manager, Annabel Shackleton headed up to Scotland recently to NFU Scotland’s annual conference, and joined NFU conference online. Here she tells us more about some of the key messages, priorities and inspiring conversations...

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New stats reveal 85% of visitors have more trust in British farming

It’s been a turbulent year for the British agricultural industry with rising cost of fuel and fertiliser, challenges around labour, unpredictable weather and political changes, many of which are still unknown. The continuous uncertainty is something that cannot be taken lightly, by farmers, by the industry, and by the media. With the image and perception of British food and farming ever-changing, it is more important than ever that 2023 offers some focus and direction.

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Celebrate farming with LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2023

On Sunday 11th June, farmers across the country will once again open their gates for a national celebration of farming and all it delivers, inviting the public to join them and discover where their food comes from.

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LOFS Impacts report 2022

LOFS 2022 - what a positive impact!

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Fantastic Feedback!

The LOFS team have created a scrapbook full of comments, anecdotes, memories, and feedback from the wonderful LEAF Open Farm Sunday events held across Britain in June. The document gives a lovely insight into the true impact of LOFS.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday strengthens public trust in British farming

LEAF Open Farm Sunday has long been the industry’s annual open day, welcoming hundreds of thousands of visitors on farm every year. This year’s event held last month was no exception, attracting 175,000 visitors, 20% of whom had not visited a farm before and over half (52%) coming from urban areas.

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Farmers unite to showcase British farming

LEAF Open Farm Sunday was back this weekend, making memories and changing perceptions. Over 250 farms across Britain opened their gates to tens of thousands of visitors on Sunday, showcasing British farming and all it delivers on farming’s annual open day. Across the country fields and farmyards filled with chatter and laughter from interested and engaged families, all looking to learn more about how their food is produced, the countryside is managed and what it is like to have a career in farming.

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Caroline Drummond, MBE, 24th June 1963 — 23rd May 2022.

Tributes have poured in following the very sad news that LEAF’s Chief Executive for over 30 years, Caroline Drummond MBE passed away on Monday 23rd May after a very short illness. A force of nature, a visionary, and a champion for more sustainable farming, Caroline or ‘CD’ as she was known to so many, tirelessly championed the development and uptake of more sustainable, regenerative farming. She was also passionate about bridging the gap between farmers and the public.

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Discover why farming and health go hand in hand on LEAF Open Farm Sunday

LEAF Open Farm Sunday returns on 12th June, as hundreds of farms across the country will be opening to the public for farming’s annual open day. Showcasing farming’s commitment to producing nutritious food more sustainably, the focus this year is on health.

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How hungry is your soil?

Organisers of LEAF Open Farm Sunday, Linking Environment And Farming, are encouraging farmers to plant their cotton ‘pants’ now to demonstrate to visitors in June the importance of soil management in agriculture, and the role of microorganisms in maintaining its health.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday is “healthy”

Whether it is healthy soil, healthy food or a healthy mind, LEAF Open Farm Sunday (LOFS) returns this June with a focus on the many health benefits that can be found on farm. Organisers of the farming industry’s annual open day, Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) are calling on farmers to take part and organise their own event to demonstrate the industry’s commitment to sustainability, biodiversity, climate mitigation, nutritious food and a well-managed countryside.

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LOFS launches Impact 2021

Our latest LEAF Open Farm Sunday impacts report celebrates the highlights and successes of LOFS 2021 which returned to real life, face to face events, plus our virtual farm tours and Spring and Autumn LEAF Online Farm Sundays. We would like to thank every one of our farmers for their involvement, support and enthusiasm for keeping LEAF Open Farm Sunday on the road this year making it another one to remember.

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*BLOG* Barbara Bray; Eating Sustainably and Healthy

Eating sustainably – why it matters to our bodies and the planet! Registered Nutritionist (AfN) and food safety consultant, Barbara Bray MBE, shares the reasons why it is important that we eat healthily and sustainably… The importance of eating a healthy balanced diet is something many of us are aware of, however, did you know that what we eat can affect the planet too? From choosing cooking methods that use less energy*, to choosing sustainably produced foods, every food decision we make can impact the environment. Whilst we grow a lot of the food we need in Britain – from fruit and vegetables to dairy and meat – we also import food from other countries, which is why it is important our choices are both healthy and sustainable.

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*BLOG* Andy Guy - Net Zero; what are farmers doing already?

Amid all the talk of Climate Change and the contribution of farming in the emission of Greenhouse Gasses (GHG) there are some important things to consider. Clearly, British farmers, like our colleagues around the globe and every single citizen on the planet, are contributing to the problem but, unlike almost every other industry in the world, farmers have the capacity, on farm, to absorb carbon dioxide too. Agriculture is estimated to be responsible for around 10% of emissions in the UK which is about 2/3 of the amount from Residential Properties and about 1/3 of the figure for Transport (Based on data from 2017). In the last three decades the GHG emissions from UK farming have fallen by 16% and, while this is a positive story, there is more work to be done.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday continues to drive public engagement with farming

Following a year in which LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has encouraged thousands of people to join virtual farm tours across the country, the sustainable farming organisation has reported that over 100 farms opened their gates on 27th June for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2021 – farming’s annual open day.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday will go ahead as planned on 27th June.

Following recent news (14.06.2021) that the full lifting of Coronavirus restrictions is being delayed by four weeks, LEAF Open Farm Sunday organisers confirm that farming’s annual open day will go ahead as planned on 27th June, plus a few farm walks happening on Sunday’s in July. Please see the full statement issued below.

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Discovering more about sustainable farming on LEAF Open Farm Sunday

With farmers managing over 70% of the UK land area, LEAF Open Farm Sunday (27th June) is a unique opportunity to experience the role British farmers play in enhancing and protecting the environment and fighting climate change through more sustainable farming. To find out more information about how to book on to a LEAF Open Farm Sunday event, please visit: https://farmsunday.org (Please note booking is essential)

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2021: Size does matter this year!

On Sunday 27th June, the farming industry’s annual open day, LEAF Open Farm Sunday (LOFS) will return to celebrate its 15th event since the initiative was launched in 2006. At a time when food and farming has generated greater interest than ever before, LOFS organisers, LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is calling on farmers to take part and help promote the British food and farming story.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday strengthens support for farmers

With two months until LEAF Open Farm Sunday on the 27th June, which will see hundreds of farmers open their farm gates to the public, organisers Linking Environment And Farming (LEAF) have today announced the appointment of eight ambassadors to support farmers, crofters and smallholders taking part.

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Celebrate farming with LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2021

This June, farmers across the country will once again open their gates for a national celebration of farming and all it delivers. LEAF Open Farm Sunday returns on 27th June, for the fifteenth annual celebration of British farming.

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LEAF Open Farm Sunday announces plans for 2021

LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), organisers of the farming industry’s annual open day, LEAF Open Farm Sunday (LOFS), has today announced a year-round programme of public engagement to support this flagship event.

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LEAF Online Farm Sunday Impacts Report 2020

The year LEAF Open Farm Sunday went virtual! Read our impacts report and find out about the fabulous work farmers have done to connect the public with farming during 2020.

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LEAF Online Farm Sunday delivers an online celebration of food and farming

This weekend, farmers from across Britain and beyond, took part in LEAF Online Farm Sunday - an online celebration of farming, which gave hundreds of thousands of people the chance to discover more about how and where their food is produced.

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Success for LEAF Online Farm Sunday

On Sunday 7th June, farmers across the country took to social media for the first ever LEAF Online Farm Sunday, with thousands of consumers joining them on virtual tours of their farms, to see and hear directly from the farmers themselves about all they do for the environment and to produce the food we eat.

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Going virtual: Farmers to showcase the industry in LEAF Online Farm Sunday

With farm visits on hold and LEAF Open Farm Sunday postponed to September, the very first LEAF Online Farm Sunday has been announced. On Sunday 7th June, farmers across the UK are being invited to share their world of farming across social media to connect the public with food production and the countryside virtually using #LOFS20.

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