Did you know that as little as two hours spent on a farm can benefit a person’s wellbeing and help them connect with nature?*
Sunday 17 June 2012 will be the seventh Open Farm Sunday and hundreds of farms across the country are expected to open. Every year a farmer in the Notleys has taken part in Open Farm Sunday with neighbouring farmers going along to help and this year Nick & Bridie Cousins will be opening their Cressing Lodge Farm to all. Nick says “People always seem interested in what we do, for example if we are happy with the weather at the moment, and has the rain affected our crops, so I thought that opening up the farm for everyone to come and see what we do would be a great idea.”
Activities will include trailer rides and guided tours to see the crops and the farm machinery. There’ll be cookery demonstrations to show how farm produce is turned into food, children’s activities, pictures of farming through the ages and light refreshments in the old barn. The event is free and runs from 11am to 4 pm. Cressing Lodge Farm is located just off Galley’s Roundabout in Braintree.
To find out which farms in your area are taking part visit www.farmsunday.org.
*Centre for Environment and Society, Department of Biological Sciences - University of Essex 2008