West Norfolk farms in spotlight with open day

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Hundreds of people across the region experienced farms close up, enjoying the sights, sounds and smells of what they offer, during Open Farm Sunday.

Open Farm Sunday is a national event and Cornerways Nursery, at Stoke Ferry, and Holkham Farm both opened up to the West Norfolk public.

Secretary of state for environment, food and rural affairs, Elizabeth Truss visited Cornerways Nursery to support their event.

Ms Truss was joined by Caroline Drummond, chief executive of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and organisers of Open Farm Sunday, and Cornerways general manager Patrick Harte.

She was given on a tour of the nursery’s glasshouses to see how British food is produced using state of the art, sustainable production processes.

After her visit, Ms Truss said: “I am delighted to be supporting Open Farm Sunday.

“This great initiative not only promotes the excellent work done by farmers and producers from across the UK but also provides an insight into the highly innovative and enterprising world that modern day farming has become.

“At Cornerways Nursery in Wissington, the technical expertise, creativity and an eco-friendly approach in the UK’s largest glass house now produces 140 million tomatoes annually.”

At Cornerways, the glasshouse covers over 18 hectares, is the largest of its kind in the country and an excellent example of sustainable farming practices delivering a strong commercial track record.

Mrs Drummond said: “Delivering more sustainable food and farming has to start with reconnecting people with where their food comes from and how it is produced.

“We start to build trust and understanding about food production, which, in turn, will lead to more sustainable food choices.

“This is what Open Farm Sunday is all about.”

Cornerways is a member of LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) and gained LEAF Marque certification in 2009.