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Saturday, 4 June 2016

Open day sheds light on farming

North Yorkshire farmers are taking part in a national initiative tomorrow (Sunday 5 June) to give an insight into their working lives and the role they play in looking after the countryside.

Open Farm shearing. Photo by Brian Nicholson.
The annual event is managed by Leaf – the Linking Environment and Farming group.

Among those taking part will be Fowl Green Farm, Commondale, Beadlam Grange near Helmsley and Stepney Hill Farm near Scarborough from the North York moors national park.

Farmers, Jill and Andrew Kelly, from Stonebeck Gate Farm at Little Fryup near Danby, are hosting a variety of activities to mark this special event; including sheep dog trials, a gun dog demonstration, sheep shearing and dry stone walling.

Park staff and volunteers will be at Stonebeck Gate Farm highlighting their work with farmers to look after the area.

National park events and exhibitions co-ordinator Sally Ann Smith  said: “These events are a great way to show visitors a working farm. It’s a fun day out for both adults and children and increases awareness of what farming entails, and the hard work that goes into it.”

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