Harleston farm’s fun day boosts national initiative

Shotford Hall Farm Open Event 2015.

Shotford Hall Farm Open Event 2015.

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Shotford Hall Farm in Harleston has stressed the importance of continuing people’s farming education, following its eighth annual open event that attracted more than 4,000 visitors.

Held in support of the national Open Farm Sunday initiative, the event welcomed hundreds of families for a day of tractor and trailer rides, animal demonstrations, machinery exhibits, treasure hunts and a breadth of other activities.

Farm secretary Julia Barber said: “The blacksmithing and sheep shearing demonstrations proved to be a huge hit, as did the milking and calf feeding.

“We were truly blessed again with the weather, and can only hope for the same next year.”

The event also prefaced the opening of a new educational building, a project spearheaded by Shotford Hall tenant farmer Tim Lewis, on Sunday evening.

The facility aims to work in conjunction with local schools and clubs to show off the farm’s work throughout the year.