FARMERS from across the county took part in Open Farm Sunday this month as they give people the chance to see the work they do and break down stigmas.

Managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), they say the day is one of the farming industry’s biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, over 1,600 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed 2.2 million people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.

The Leen Farm on the outskirts of Pembridge, near Leominster has been in the same family since 1920 and they took part in this year's event on Sunday, June 9 where more than 250 visitors turned up.

The day means everyone, young or old, can discover at first hand what it means to be a farmer and the great work they do producing food, enhancing the countryside and all the goods and services farmers provide.

Sarah Norman, one of the partners at farm, said: "It was our second year holding an event, we did it in 2017 but last year we won a big farming award the Gold Cup so missed it.

"We educate family and locals and show what we do on the farm. There's a bit of a prejudice around the unsociable hours that we work and tractors on the roads so it's good to let people see what we actually do.

"Avara Foods were there and gave out samples of chicken products, they also had their hatchery there showing all the eggs hatching and a virtual reality headset so children can see what it's like to work on a farm."

Mrs Norman also thanked Avara Foods, Arla, Securcom Systems and The Wye and Usk Foundation for their support on the day.

Luctonians Rugby Club provided refreshments on the day and were able to raise £700 towards their U13s team tour.