A ROSS-on-Wye farm will be raising funds for a charity that helps tackle poverty in Africa when it takes part in Open Farm Sunday this weekend. 

Weir End Farm also wants to bring a taste of farm life to 'townies and jaded city dwellers' while raising the cash for Farm Africa.

Farmer, Ally Hunter-Blair, participated in Farm Africa’s Beehive Challenge in 2014, when a team of UK farming figures headed to Tanzania to assemble beehives adapted to local conditions.

Working alongside local farmers, the team built, waxed and delivered 58 beehives – and their fundraising efforts back home meant that they raised £50,000 for Farm Africa.

Ally, who gained fame as one of the rookie farmers in Channel 4’s First Time Farmers series, said: “Farm Africa is a different kind of charity – it’s not about giving handouts but providing practical assistance, such as on-the-spot-training and better seeds, to help African farmers to feed themselves and their families.

"For example, with just a £1 donation Farm Africa could provide a farmer in Kenya, Ethiopia or Tanzania, with 1kg of specialist seeds – a small amount that can go a long way to providing a better and bigger harvest.”

The Open Farm Sunday at Weir Farm will offer walks around the lake and other environmental features as well as an opportunity to inspect farm machinery and learn how the farm uses modern technology such as super accurate GPS to make farming practices better for everyone.

There will also be games for adults and children. The event will be free of charge and vistors will be invited to contribute to Farm Africa.

Food and drink will be available throughout the day with all procceds going to Farm Africa.

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