Hundreds of people enjoy a taste of farming life

Open Farm Sunday

Pictured: Caitlin (11) and Maizie (3) Mountain on the tractor ANL-160606-092032009
Open Farm Sunday Pictured: Caitlin (11) and Maizie (3) Mountain on the tractor ANL-160606-092032009
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Hundreds of people were given a taste of agricultural life as part of a national Open Farm Sunday.

Among those taking part was Heath Farm, which grazes 100 acres around Hessett and Rougham.

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Open Farm Sunday ANL-160606-092020009

About 300 people were able to meet and feed the animals at both sites with people transported on a tractor and trailer.

Children enjoyed an activity centre with face-painting, origami animals, ‘eggs-periments’ and educational activities. The West Suffolk Beekeepers Association brought their observation hive, the Bury Young Farmers attended and people enjoyed a sheep shearing demonstration.

Katie Mitcham-Henry and Mike Phillips who run the farm spoke about how they work with the environment. The event also coincided with the Hessett Big Picnic on the village green to bring the community together.

Miss Mitcham-Henry said: “It was a fantastic opportunity for people young and old to experience what farming is and where food comes from. It went fantastically well with a lot of positive feedback and comments. We were taken aback by the amount of people who turned up.”

Open Farm Sunday

Pictured: Lilly-Mai Radford (3) feeding the sheep ANL-160606-091924009

Open Farm Sunday Pictured: Lilly-Mai Radford (3) feeding the sheep ANL-160606-091924009

Open Farm Sunday is organised by LEAF (Linking Environment and Farming). Heath Farm will be at Beyton Fayre tomorrow (June 11), on the village green from 2-5pm.

Open Farm Sunday

Pictured: Theo Mitcham, Ava Mitcham, Lalia Henry and Eva Frost enjoying their day ANL-160606-091839009

Open Farm Sunday Pictured: Theo Mitcham, Ava Mitcham, Lalia Henry and Eva Frost enjoying their day ANL-160606-091839009

Open Farm Sunday

Pictured: Darcy Palfrey (6), Fayth Palrey (5) and Ruby Drake (7) looking at the bee display ANL-160606-091913009

Open Farm Sunday Pictured: Darcy Palfrey (6), Fayth Palrey (5) and Ruby Drake (7) looking at the bee display ANL-160606-091913009