Over 1600 visitors attended the Open Farm Sunday event hosted by our members Laura and Robert Cooper who live at East Farm near Avebury in Wiltshire.
As well as the herd of White Park cattle that were on show, visitors were also able to meet pigs, sheep and horses. Children were able to ride on mini self propelled tractors and play in the grain pit, whilst a fake udder was available for anyone who wanted to have a go at milking. Locally sourced food was on sale and the Co-op had brought along an educational game to see if visitors knew where their food came from. And the Wiltshire Museum had brought along some old farming implements to give a flavour of a bygone age.
East Farm has undertaken a great deal of conservation work and together with its neighbouring farm has 5 miles of hedgerows, 7 miles of grass margins and 3 miles of wildflower margins, all of which provide superb cover for birds.
Our thanks go to the Cooper family for their hard work in promoting White Park cattle during the event, and also to members John Barker and Adrian Crocker who went along to East Farm to help them.