Itis official – Open Farm Sunday 2014 was another record breaking year with207,000 visitors – a 3% increase on last year’s numbers, reports LEAF. Farmsopened up across every corner of the UK, said the organisation, from Britainsmost southerly mainland farm on The Lizard in Cornwall to the most northerly onthe Orkney Islands. Some farmers reported that more visitors were travellingfurther out of urban areas to visit a farm, and were pleased to see a realwillingness to learn about farming and food production.
Somekey results from Open Farm Sunday:
- 375 farms held events of all sizes showcasing Britishfarming
- Nearly one in five farms reported more than 1,000visitors
- Nearly a quarter of farms held small events of lessthan 100 visitors
- One in three farms were opening for the first time
Thegood vibes around Open Farm Sunday have continued long after the day itselfwith hundreds of articles in regional media about the events, and farmers andvisitors alike sharing their pictures and memories on social media, said LEAF.
Open Farm Sunday continues to go from strength to strength and it is fantasticthat we have set new records for visitor numbers again this year, said aspokesperson. It is also encouraging to see that people from more urban areasare travelling some distance to visit a farm and learn where their food comesfrom and how its produced. Lots of people we’ve been talking to have said theycan’t wait for next year so we think Open Farm Sunday’s 10th anniversary in2015 is going to be something quite special.