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Steam power vs modern farm machines at Apley Farm Shop (5th June 2014)

Steam power vs modern farm machines at Apley Farm Shop

A farm and farm shop near Bridgnorth is hosting a Free Open Farm Sunday education and fun day in conjunction with LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming) on Sunday 8th June.

"We're delighted to be participating again in this nationwide event which aims to show what is happening on our farms and how our food is made. We will have plenty of interesting activities and things to see for children and adults, making it a fantastic day out." explained Lord Hamilton of Apley Farm Shop, Norton, Shropshire.

“As in previous years, we will be showing steam engines and machinery from the past alongside modern farm machinery. But this year we’re comparing the performance of a 70 yr old, antique threshing machine with a modern one by threshing some straw bales. We’ll see how much wheat the modern combine harvester leaves behind. “

"There's a huge range of activities for everyone to try out, ranging from welly wanging, bread making, battery-operated pig racing & wood turning" added Lady Harriet Hamilton, Marketing Manager. “There will also be butchery demonstrations by Apley’s master butcher & a bee keeping explanation by the Estate’s beekeeper.”

Phil Allen, Head Gardener at Apley Walled Garden will be on hand to help you plant pumpkins & beans. "We're encouraging children to send in photos of their beanstalks & bring their pumpkins to be weighed at Halloween" he explained.

Apley Estate Farm Manager Adrian Joynt will be giving guided walks at 11am & 3pm around the Skylark Nature Trail. He commented "Farming is increasingly technical & mechanised & Open Farm Sunday provides an opportunity to learn more about where our food comes from & how much work goes into creating it."

“We will be putting on a barbecue & Sunday Roast with Apley Estate beef and lamb” commented Gavin Real, Farm Shop Manager, “Plus there will be locally made icecream & a great selection of locally produced food in the shop.”

Entry will be free to Scotty's Animal Park, which has an array of different farm animals, although donkey rides will be charged as usual at £2 per ride.

The day runs 10-5pm. The Shop will shut at 4pm as usual on a Sunday, but activities will continue until 5pm. www.farmsunday.org; www.apleyfarmshop.co.uk; enquiries@apleyfarmshop.co.uk; 01952 730 345.