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LEAF Open Farm Sunday to move to last weekend in June

Following official announcements on the roadmap out of lockdown in England, the LEAF Open Farm Sunday team has decided to move the date of its flagship event to Sunday 27th June, two weeks after the original date planned.

LOFS Man­ag­er, Annabel Shack­le­ton, said:

By 27th June, restric­tions should be lift­ed for most parts of the coun­try, allow­ing events to go ahead with min­i­mal risk, giv­ing our farm­ers and the pub­lic con­fi­dence to enjoy a safe, infor­ma­tive and fun day out on farm as they always have.”

Antic­i­pat­ing that LEAF Open Farm Sun­day will be more pop­u­lar than ever this year after sev­er­al months of restrict­ed activ­i­ty and many coun­try shows can­celled, Ms Shack­le­ton is encour­ag­ing as many farm­ers as pos­si­ble to open their farm gates in June for social­ly dis­tanced farm walks and talks. 

Host farm­ers are also being asked to use a book­ing sys­tem this year, whether through the LOFS Try­Book­ing tick­et­ing ser­vice, Face­book, or their own, in order to avoid over­crowd­ing. This will help keep staff and vis­i­tors Covid-safe, and to inform vis­i­tors in case of any changes in plans.

Big events may not be prac­ti­cal this year, but if the pub­lic is surg­ing to the coun­try­side, we’d love to see hun­dreds of small­er events tak­ing place,” said Ms Shack­le­ton. This is an excel­lent oppor­tu­ni­ty to share the farm­ing, sus­tain­abil­i­ty and food pro­duc­tion sto­ry, but also, cru­cial­ly, how to respect the coun­try­side as we head into the sum­mer hol­i­days, which may see many more peo­ple spend­ing time in rur­al areas for their staycation.”

LOFS is work­ing with farm­ers to pro­duce a series of films offer­ing sup­port on host­ing events, and guid­ance on com­ply­ing with Covid-safe mea­sures. More details will fol­low lat­er this month.

Although the last week­end in June will be the offi­cial’ 2021 date, farm­ers across the UK wish­ing to host the Sun­day before or after will have access to the same LOFS sup­port and resources.

You can reg­is­ter your event here & read the full press release here.

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