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Farming Minister backs LEAF Open Farm Sunday on North Yorkshire Moors Farm Visit

Agriculture Minister, Robert Goodwill visited Stonebeck Gate Farm at Little Fryup, near Danby in North Yorkshire on Sunday (9th June) to give his backing to LEAF Open Farm Sunday – the farming industry’s national open day.

The farm, part of Daw­nay Estates, was one of over 360 farms across the UK, open­ing their gates to the pub­lic for the farm­ing industry’s annu­al open day, run by sus­tain­able farm­ing char­i­ty LEAF (Link­ing Envi­ron­ment And Farming).

The Min­ster was met by Robert Sword, Daw­nay Estate Direc­tor and LEAF Chair­man, Philip Wynn. His tour of the farm includ­ed see­ing sheep shear­ing, dry stone walling demon­stra­tions, sheep­dog han­dling and moor­land man­age­ment prac­tices. This is the third LEAF Open Farm Sun­day event at Stonebeck Gate Farm, which was organ­ised in con­junc­tion with the North York Moors Nation­al Park.

Farm­ing Min­is­ter Robert Good­will said:

Open Farm Sun­day is a fan­tas­tic ini­tia­tive, get­ting more peo­ple out into the coun­try­side to see where our food comes from and meet the farm­ers who pro­duce it. 

There are so many diverse British farm­ing busi­ness­es and I hope that every­one who vis­it­ed a farm today learned some­thing new about what farm­ing deliv­ers and why it is so impor­tant – pro­duc­ing the food we eat, pro­tect­ing wildlife and pro­vid­ing access to the beau­ti­ful countryside.

I would like to thank every farmer who par­tic­i­pat­ed today, tak­ing the time to wel­come the pub­lic onto their farms.”

Car­o­line Drum­mond, LEAF Chief Exec­u­tive, added:

We were delight­ed to wel­come Mr Good­will to Stonebeck Gate Farm and thank the Daw­nay Estate for host­ing his vis­it. LEAF Open Farm Sun­day is a spe­cial day in the farm­ing cal­en­dar. A day of cel­e­bra­tion, unit­ing the whole indus­try to show­case the very best of British Farming. 

By com­ing togeth­er, we are help­ing to increase the public’s under­stand­ing of farm­ing, build trust and raise aware­ness of the crit­i­cal role farm­ers play, not just as food pro­duc­ers but as providers of healthy soil, clean water, bet­ter air qual­i­ty, improved bio­di­ver­si­ty, high ani­mal wel­fare stan­dards, pub­lic access as well as health and well­be­ing. As we look to future changes in sup­port pay­ments, it is more impor­tant than ever for farm­ers to com­mu­ni­cate and con­nect with the pub­lic. LEAF Open Farm Sun­day pro­vides a fan­tas­tic plat­form for the indus­try to stand togeth­er and proud­ly demon­strate all that our pro­duc­tive, prof­itable and pro­gres­sive food and farm­ing sec­tor delivers.”

Our thanks to all the farm­ers and helpers who took part and to the thou­sands of vis­i­tors who got out onto farm to sup­port them.” 

Next year’s LEAF Open Farm Sun­day will take place on the 7th June 2020. For up-to-date cam­paign infor­ma­tion, like us on Face­book http://​www​.face​book​.com/​L​E​A​F​o​p​e​n​f​a​r​m​s​unday, or fol­low us on Twit­ter @OpenFarmSunday.

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