MORE than 200 people visited Oaktrack Smallholding in Charlton Down for its annual Open Farm event.

The event, which took place on Sunday, June 12, was held as part of the Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF) national farming day.

This national event brings families onto farms across the country to see how food is produced and how farmers manage the environment.

At Oaktrack, visitors heard from owner Tina Wells, as well as local beekeeper Nigel Armstrong and Yvonne Withers who gave spinning demonstrations and shared her expertise on processing raw fleece into finished wool.

Farm machinery and hands-on interactive activities also featured, and a barbecue and refreshments allowed visitors to sample Oaktrack’s produce.

Tina was thrilled with how the event went, saying: “It was wonderful to welcome so many people not just from our local area but from across the South of England. It is really encouraging to see how keen the public are to learn more about the provenance and methods used to produce our food here at Oaktrack and at other farms around the country.

“We would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our event and made it such a great success, as well as to all our helpers for their amazing efforts on the day, without whom the event would not have been possible.”

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