LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday (LOFS) will be held two weeks after the original planned date following Government’s announcements on the roadmap out of lockdown in England.

LOFS Manager, Annabel Shackleton, said: “By June 27, restrictions should be lifted for most parts of the country, allowing events to go ahead with minimal risk, giving our farmers and the public confidence to enjoy a safe, informative and fun day out on farm as they always have.”

Anticipating that LEAF Open Farm Sunday will be more popular than ever this year after several months of restricted activity and many country shows cancelled, Ms Shackleton is encouraging as many farmers as possible to open their farm gates in June for socially distanced farm walks and talks.

Host farmers are also being asked to use a booking system this year, whether through the LOFS TryBooking ticketing service, Facebook, or their own, in order to avoid overcrowding. This will help keep staff and visitors Covid-safe, and to inform visitors in case of any changes in plans.

“Big events may not be practical this year, but if the public is surging to the countryside, we’d love to see hundreds of smaller events taking place,” said Ms Shackleton.

See www.farmsunday.org.