Boothby Pagnell farmer encourages people to ‘reconnect’ with the countryside

Charlotte Spence, Kate Spence, Brian Spence and Alison Gemmell.

Charlotte Spence, Kate Spence, Brian Spence and Alison Gemmell.

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Families are invited to get a close-up view of life on a farm on Sunday, June 9, which is Open Farm Sunday.

The Spence family will open Great Wood Farm, in Boothby Pagnell, to the public for free, giving people a chance to go on tractor and trailer rides around the farm, get up close to pigs, piglets, horses, calves, ducklings, sheep and lambs, and watch sheep being sheared. There will be displays by wool spinners and a collection of new and vintage tractors and farm machinery. Grantham business Chandlers will man a stall and run a ‘Tractor Ted’ colouring competition. In the woods, Baytree Garden Centre will bring a range of owls. Bassingthorpe Beef, from a neighbouring farm, will be offering a hog roast, burgers and hotdogs.

This is the third year running that farmer Brian has opened up his farm for the national event, and last year 1,100 people visited.

Brian said: “It is so important to reconnect the public to where their food comes from and with our countryside.”

The event is being run in conjunction with the National Farmers Union, with representatives on hand during the day to talk about farming and the countryside. Asda is a sponsor.

Neighbouring Great Wood Farm Early Years Centre will also hold an open day, where visitors can make butter or watch a home-made lambing video, have their face painted or have a go on the bouncy castle.

The open day is on from 10am to 4pm. Information: www.greatwoodfarmeyc.co.uk/ofs