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Open Farm Sunday at Manor Farm, Grimston. 
Douglas Gordan

Contact Hugh Lake 07738 734315

Open Farm Sunday at Manor Farm, Grimston. Douglas Gordan Contact Hugh Lake 07738 734315

Farmers across West Norfolk threw open their fields to the public at the weekend as part of a nationwide initiative to encourage people to learn more about the industry.

Visitors to Manor Farm in Grimston had the chance to meet the animals, admire the machinery and even have a tour of the site during this year’s Open Farm Sunday.

Farm manager Hugh Lake said around 500 people had enjoyed the day, which he hopes will make agriculture more accessible to the public

“We want to bring it back to basics so people can understand from our point of view the process of growing crops.”

The farm was one of five sites across the borough to welcome the public for the annual showcase of the farming industry. Others included the Holkham estate and farms at Methwold, Stoke Ferry and Wissington.

Holkham estate officials were delighted after an estimated 1,000 visitors took advantage of a fine summer’s day to enjoy the range of attractions, which, as well as livestock and machinery displays, included children’s activities and the chance to plant your own bean with the estate’s landscape gardening team.

Laurane Herrieven, the estate’s marketing manager, said: “It was very, very busy and there was lots to see.”

The event, now in its ninth year, is organised by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), which aims to promote sustainable food production and improve public understanding of the industry.

Officials estimate that more than a million people have visited farms across the country since the programme was launched in 2006.

 

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