LEAF Open Farm Sunday Networking & Information Events
FREE events designed for farmers considering hosting their first LEAF Open Farm Sunday event and experienced hosts to brush up on all things related to LOFS and get ideas for your next event. An opportunity for farmers to meet, discuss and network with other farmers taking part in LEAF Open Farm Sunday.
Format: Presentations by farmers who have hosted LOFS events, Q&A chaired by a LOFS Co-ordinator and networking
Topics covered: Event planning, activities, promotion, health and safety and lots more!
Duration: 2 hours
FREE lunch provided
Below are details of our 2020 networking and information events. Find out more about our speakers and host farms at the bottom of this page. You may also consider joining one of our online webinars – especially if you are unable to attend an event.
Please follow the ‘Online Booking Link’ to book onto an event - booking is essential.
Date & Time
Online booking Link
Kilmarnock Millennium Hall,
Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire,
Fri 27th March
Bath Soft Cheese, Park Farm,
Mon 30th March
Hampton Estate Farms,
Myrtles Courtyard, Littleworth Road, Seale, Farnham, SURREY
Tues 31st March
Thurs 2nd April
Kennards House, Launceton,
Tues 21st April
Agriculture House, Royal Welsh Showground, Llanelwedd, Powys,
We’re also planning three webinars for farmers to watch online from the comfort of your home or office. Join us online when the webinar is taking place and get your questions answered. A video recording of the webinar will be posted on this website soon after the event.
Please register to watch these webinars using the links in the Table below.
Approximate duration of each webinar: 10-15 minutes
More details about the Networking & Information events:
Tuesday 10 March 2020
Kilmarknock Millennium Hall, Gartocharn, West Dunbartonshire - Scotland
Bringing together farmers, crofters and smallholders, this event will share experiences from first-time host farmers who took part in 2019. They will also be joined by LEAF Open Farm Sunday Scotland Coordinator Rebecca Dawes who has hosted over 13 events on her family mixed livestock enterprise ranging from less than 100 people to 3500.
The speakers will touch on how they managed their event including the resources available to control and limit visitor numbers, top tips for promoting their events, activities they provided, resources available, health and safety and their positive visitor feedback on-the-day.
Friday 27th March 2020
Bath Soft Cheese – Park Farm, Somerset – South West
Award-winning artisan cheesemakers, The Bath Soft Cheese Co who recently featured in BBC One’s ‘The Farmers’ Country Showdown’, welcomed visitors to their first LEAF Open Farm Sunday last June to get a behind the scenes view of this small organic dairy farm. At Park Farm the team take a traditional approach to raising the small herd of 160 mainly Holstein Friesian cows and to artisan, handmade, hands-on-cheesemaking.
Following last years’ LOFS success, they are very much looking forward to opening their gates once again on 7th June 2020. The team will be sharing their experience of hosting their first LEAF Open Farm Sunday event with farmers on March 27th. Other speakers include Neil MacDonald, of Orchard Park Farm, who welcomed over 1700 visitors to his grassland farm including apples, woodland and cider making. The event will be chaired by LOFS Co-ordinator Jeremy Padfield, who will be on hand to share his knowledge of hosting many LOFS events at Fosse Farm, near Radstock, and helping at plenty more LOFS events in the area.
Monday 30th March 2020
Hampton Estate Farms, Surrey – South East
Hampton Estate Farms is a traditional agricultural estate nestling on the southern side of the Hogs Back in Surrey. The team hosted their first LEAF Open Farm Sunday event in June 2019 and had an incredibly successful event. Farm manager Bill Biddell has agreed to share his experience of planning their event and how they told their farming story on the day. The farm is home to a pedigree pasture fed beef herd and they grow hops for regional breweries throughout the UK, all working alongside a forestry enterprise on site growing commercial woodlands. Hampton Estate Farms have also diversified old farm buildings into both commercial and residential uses.
The event will be chaired by LEAF Open Farm Sunday co-ordinator Joanna North, who will also share lots of top tips from her experience of hosting LOFS events on her family’s dairy farm in West Sussex. Jo supports LOFS host farmers in the South East and is passionate about encouraging more farmers to take part and host an event in June 2020.
Tuesday 31st March 2020
Woolrow Farm, West Yorkshire – North
Woolrow Farm is a large, family run modern dairy farm which supplies Arla. With community at the heart of Woolrow Farm, now in its 15th year of LEAF Open Farm Sunday, Margy Hall will be leading a discussion on running a LOFS event in the local community.
LOFS Co-ordinator Andy Guy - who runs a successful nationwide sustainability consultancy business will also be speaking on the day, sharing his experience of running an LOFS event on a dairy farm and helping at many more LOFS events over the past 15 years.
Thursday 2nd April 2020
Trethorne Leisure, Cornwall – South West
Trethorne Leisure park is an incredibly successful farm diversification venture, originating form a small beef farm and using their ideal location just 1/4 of a mile off the A30, to full advantage. Now a successful golf course, 10 pin bowling alley and much more, Trethorne Leisure provides the ideal accessible location for farmers in the South West to attend this event.
LOFS Co-ordinator, Jeremy Padfield, an arable and beef farmer and environmental enthusiast, is a LEAF Demonstration Farmer and regularly hosts LEAF Open Farm Sunday events at Fosse Farm near Bath. Jeremy will be chairing the event and talking about his LOFS experiences. Other speakers include: Rona Amiss, who welcomed 1000 visitors last year to Tregullas Farm, a mixed costal farm on The Lizard, and is planning her 7th LOFS event in 2020; plus Martin Howlett, a local beef, sheep and arable farmer who runs a successful, relatively small LOFS event hosting two guided tractor and trailer rides at Deer Park Farm, will also be sharing his experience on the day.
Tuesday 21st April 2020
NFU Cymru, Builth Wells - WALES event
NFU Cymru are kindly hosting this event in their offices at The Royal Welsh Showground. LEAF Open Farm Sunday Co-ordinators Jamie McCoy and Philip Gorringe will speak about their experience of hosting on an LOFS event and be on-hand to offer advice to LOFS farmers – whether you’re considering taking part for the first time this year or you’re an experienced host.
Jamie McCoy and her partner run a flock of commercial sheep and a small pig enterprise in Bryngwyn, West Wales. She also works off-farm for AHDB Dairy and LOFS, supporting host farmers in Wales and offering her advice and expertise. Philip Gorringe is a second generation arable and beef farmer from Herefordshire, and a large advocate for educating the public in farming. Philip was one of our first LOFS host farmers back in June 2006, and now helps host farmers plan and organise their events.
For more information about these events and webinars please contact the LEAF Open Farm Sunday team. T: 024 7641 3911 E: [email protected]
*All events are subject to change and/or cancellation at the organisers discretion.*