Crowds flock to Astwood Bank for Open Farm Sunday

Redditch Advertiser: Visitors get friendly with the chickens at Stables Farm in Astwood Bank. SP Visitors get friendly with the chickens at Stables Farm in Astwood Bank. SP

NEARLY 2,000 people turned out at Stables Farm Shop in Astwood Bank recently to take part in Open Farm Sunday.

The open day at Stables Farm was organised to give people a first-hand idea of how the farm works by meeting farmers and taking a closer look at their farms.

Manager Rob Waitt, said: “It was great to welcome local people onto the farm. We had a chance to show them how we are providing locally grown beef, lamb, cereals and strawberries in the fields that surround the farm shop”

The farm ran fundraising tractor trailer rides, raising £500 for Breakthrough Breast Cancer, and visitors had the chance to take a tour of the farm, visiting the vegetable growing area, the strawberry field, and the farm’s herd of pedigree Hereford beef cattle.

There was also an opportunity for visitors to meet everything from alpacas, goats, and miniature donkeys, to a pony, rabbits and guinea pigs.

A sheep shearing demonstration proved popular with visitors, and the day was finished off with a barbecue, cooked up by head butcher Lewis Babakhan.

Farmer Will Willison added: “The team at Stables farm and shop were stunned at the amazing turnout and people’s hunger to learn more about British farming. A massive thank you to all the people who came and to the other local farmers and volunteers who helped to make the day a success”

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