LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2018 visitor numbers have been released this week and they indicate that the ever popular event had it’s largest number of visitors ever, this year. LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) has released that a record number of 293,650 people visited a farm on Sunday 10th June 2018. This is 2,254 more visitors than the previous record year, which was in 2015.
The total number of visitors to a farm for LEAF Open Farm Sunday for the last 13 years has now amounted to over 2.2 million, showing the enormous effect the day has on connecting the public with farming and showing the public how their food is produced.
For LEAF Open Farm Sunday 2018, 362 farms opened their gates to welcome the public on to their farms. For 26% of the farms this was the first time they had played host to the public.
Events took on all shapes, sizes and enterprise; from organised walks for a few local people, to larger events with visitors in the hundreds and thousands – but the popularity of the day was reflected in the average number of visitors to each event which was 811, the highest on record.
LEAF Open Farm Sunday Manager Annabel Shackleton said: “We are thrilled that more people than ever before chose to visit a LEAF Open Farm Sunday event this year. These figures show the public’s growing interest in, and support for, British farming and all that it delivers. It was also great to see so many farms opening for the first time and we hope that even more will do so next year on the 9th June. LEAF Open Farm Sunday is a unique opportunity for farmers to showcase all they do and it is vital that as many farmers get involved as possible. Our thanks to everyone – farmers, volunteers and sponsors – for making 2018 such a huge success and we look forward to your continued support in 2019.”
Read more about open farm Sunday here