Research by LEAF has revealed that more than 1 in 3 children have never heard a sheep baa (37 per cent) or a cow moo (34%) up close, with thousands only experiencing it through their TV or computer screens.
Annabel Shackleton, LEAF’s Open Farm Sunday manager said: “Over the past decade more than a million people, including families, have visited an Open Farm Sunday event but the results show that there is still a disconnect with farming for today’s youngsters (as well as for many parents too). We must all work together to ensure that this does not become an increasing trend and so we’re calling on all families to head to their local farm on 7 June for Open Farm Sunday to experience all the sights and sounds of a farm for themselves.”
Visitors can find their local farm to visit at www.farmsunday.org
Sponsors of Open Farm Sunday 2015 include: Aldi, Arla, Asda, BASF plc, Defra, Farmcare, Farmers Weekly, Frontier Agriculture, John Deere, Kellogg’s, LEAF Marque, Marks and Spencer, National Farmers Union, Syngenta, The Tesco Eat Happy Project, Waitrose plus the Agriculture and Horticulture Development Board (from its BPEX, DairyCo, EBLEX, HGCA and HDC divisions)