Friday, 19 October 2018

Sun brings out visitors on Open Farm Sunday

FARMS opened their doors to the public on Sunday

FARMS opened their doors to the public on Sunday.

Hundreds of people attended events at Shiplake Farm, Watlington Hill Farm and the Hall Hunter Partnership at Sheeplands Farm, near Wargrave.

The farms were taking part in a nationwide initiative called Open Farm Sunday which is designed to showcase what they do and allow the public to see their animals close up.

Shiplake Farm offered farm-themed colouring, a barbecue, chick handling and tractor and trailer tours of the farm guided by members of Nettlebed Farming Club.

Ali Simmons, community champion at Tesco in Henley, ran a stall where children could try different types of apple.

Henley Young Farmers raised money for Thames Valley Air Ambulance with a game where people had to guess how many balloons were in a John Deere 6430 tractor.

Farmer Stephen Doble said about 650 people attended.

“We’re really pleased with how it went,” he said. “The weather was perfect and the trailer rides were very popular. We use the event to show people how their food is produced.

“We received about £300 of contributions towards the air ambulance.”

He thanked the young farmers and the farming club for their support.

This year was the first year that Lindsay Howard-Dean, who runs Watlington Hill Farm, had taken part.

The farm was decorated with information boards telling attendees about the different types of animal that are kept there, including donkeys, horses and cows.

There was also welly wanging, wheelbarrow races, face-painting and a cake sale.

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