Hessett farm fun day grows stronger every year

Hessett, Suffolk. LEAF Open Farm Sunday at Heath Farm in Hessett. Pictured are Harry and Rose Wilson.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
Hessett, Suffolk. LEAF Open Farm Sunday at Heath Farm in Hessett. Pictured are Harry and Rose Wilson. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE
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Around 1,000 people enjoyed a fun-packed day while learning more about the world of farming.

Families arrived from all over the region for the open day at Heath Farm Suffolk, Hessett, to mark Open Farm Sunday.

Hessett, Suffolk. LEAF Open Farm Sunday at Heath Farm in Hessett. Pictured is event organiser Katie Mitcham-Henry.

Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Hessett, Suffolk. LEAF Open Farm Sunday at Heath Farm in Hessett. Pictured is event organiser Katie Mitcham-Henry. Picture: MARK BULLIMORE

Open Farm Sunday is a national event, organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming, during which farms around the country open their gates to the public.

At Heath Farm Suffolk, apart from learning about both arable and livestock farming, activities also took place on Hessett Village green including stalls, tractor and trailor rides, and children’s activities including cress planting and origami.

It is the second time Katie Mitcham-Henry and her business partner, Mike Phillips, have opened Heath Farm for the event.

“Last year we had around 300 but word of mouth has spread and we were thrilled so many families came along this year to learn about farming,” said Katie.

“We had shearing and weaving demonstrations and people could see modern and vintage farming machinery.”

The open day also raised around £500 for Cancer Research UK.

Katie has been raising money for the charity through donations to her Field of Hope after losing both her mum and aunt to breast cancer.

For more pictures see this week’s Bury Free Press newspaper.