Open Farm Sunday at Langford Lakes is a success
|Author: Cherry Pullinger||Published: 13th June 2017 16:16|
FAMILIES from Somerset visited a Christmas tree farm in the county last Sunday (June 11, 2017) as part of Open Farm Sunday.
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm took part in the event, which is the farming industry's national open day, on Sunday, June 11 for the first time.
Reg Hendy, Owner of Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is based at Middle Hill Farm in Langford Budville, said: "Our Open Farm Sunday event was a great success with about 85 people visiting the farm.
"We were delighted to be supporting Open Farm Sunday for the first time. During the day, we invited people to come along and walk the Christmas tree plantations and see the trees mid growth when they are a pale green colour. Visitors could also stroll through our woods and bring a picnic to enjoy by our lakes.
"Light refreshments were available in aid of Children's Hospice South West and our team was on hand to answer any questions people had during the day."
Open Farm Sunday, managed by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), is one of the farming industry's biggest success stories. Since the first Open Farm Sunday in 2006, more than 1,500 farmers across the UK have opened their gates and welcomed 1.8 million people onto their farm for one Sunday each year.
Reg added: "We're based on 40 acres and a woodland runs the length of the plantations, either side of a stream. This area is home to a multitude of plants and wildlife, in particular rare lesser spotted orchids, deer and occasionally otters.
"People who visited us on Open Farm Sunday were able to find out all about how we farm Christmas trees and also how we help and attract wildlife to the farm."
Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, which is well-known for its home grown, freshly cut Christmas trees, is a family run farm located close to the nature reserve Langford Heathfield, a mile outside of Langford Budville in Somerset.
The farm is owned and run by Reg and his wife Ann and their two sons, Shaun and Nick. The family has been growing and selling Christmas trees for more than 20 years.
For more information about the farm, please visit www.langfordlakes.co.uk, follow the company on Twitter at www.twitter.com/LangfordLakes or log on to www.facebook.com/LangfordLakesChristmasTreeFarm/.
Photograph caption one: (Centre) Shaun Hendy from Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm, with (from left to right) Debbie Mace, three-year-old Jacob Reid and Abbie Mace, who are all from Wiveliscombe, at the Open Farm Sunday event.
Photograph caption two: (From left to right) Michael Thomas, Joanna Thomas and three-year-old Maximus Thomas from Tiverton, in the Christmas tree plantations with Shaun Hendy from Langford Lakes Christmas Tree Farm.