Open Farm Sunday next month

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One of the biggest events in the farming calendar is less than a month away with a record number of farms expected to open their gates.

Open Farm Sunday, an annual event, which takes place on Sunday, June 9, is organised by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF).

It showcases British farming and is a great chance for everyone to see how our food is grown and produced and demonstrate their support for our farmers.

Farms in Tayside which are already confirmed as taking part are The James Hutton Institute, Invergowrie, and Scotherbs Ltd, Longforgan, Dundee.

However, hundreds of farms across the country will be welcoming visitors and offering them the opportunity to come and discover the story behind their food.

Every Open Farm Sunday event is different, with a range of activities including farm tours, nature walks, milking demonstrations, sheep shearing and tractor and trailer rides.

Visitors will be able to learn how natural plant and insect species are encouraged to thrive alongside crops.

South Angus MSP Graeme Dey, depute convener of the Scottish government’s Rural Affairs, Climate Change and Environment committee, said: “I would encourage anyone who has a participating farm nearby to take the opportunity to go along and learn more about how food is produced.

“Open Farm Sunday offers a rare behind-the-scenes glimpse into one of our most important business sectors. Scotland’s farmers, growers and crofters produce an output worth around £2.3 billion a year and are responsible for much of the country’s £400 million food exports – rising to £2.4 billion if whisky exports are included.

“Around 65,000 Scots are directly employed in agriculture making farms a huge part of our society and it’s wonderful they are opening their doors to the public in this popular event.”