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Record Visitor Numbers for 13th LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2018

Final visitor numbers for LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2018 released today (9th July), show that this annual event is now more popular with the public than ever before. LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has announced that a total of 293,650 people visited a farm on Sunday 10th June 2018. This is 2,254 more visitors than the previous record, which was achieved in 2015.

The total num­ber of vis­i­tors to a farm for LEAF Open Farm Sun­day over the last 13 years has now reached over 2.2 mil­lion, demon­strat­ing the enor­mous impact the day has on con­nect­ing the pub­lic with farm­ing and where their food comes from.

For LEAF Open Farm Sun­day 2018, a total of 362 farms opened across the coun­try to wel­come vis­i­tors. Of those farms which opened, 26% were tak­ing part for the first time. 

Events spanned all shapes, sizes and enter­prise; from organ­ised walks for a few local peo­ple, to larg­er events with vis­i­tors in the hun­dreds and thou­sands – but the pop­u­lar­i­ty of the day was reflect­ed in the aver­age num­ber of vis­i­tors to each event which was 811, the high­est on record. 

LEAF Open Farm Sun­day Man­ag­er Annabel Shack­le­ton said: We are thrilled that more peo­ple than ever before chose to vis­it a LEAF Open Farm Sun­day event this year. These fig­ures show the public’s grow­ing inter­est in, and sup­port for, British farm­ing and all that it deliv­ers. It was also great to see so many farms open­ing for the first time and we hope that even more will do so next year on the 9th June. LEAF Open Farm Sun­day is a unique oppor­tu­ni­ty for farm­ers to show­case all they do and it is vital that as many farm­ers get involved as pos­si­ble. Our thanks to every­one – farm­ers, vol­un­teers and spon­sors — for mak­ing 2018 such a huge suc­cess and we look for­ward to your con­tin­ued sup­port in 2019.” 

Click here to read the full press release.


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