Farm doors opening for special weekend

Barclay Bell, Deputy President of Ulster Farmers' Union with Mark Troughton and Hannah Rodgers of Armagh Apple Farm and William Thompson, Agri-Manager Bank of Ireland UK.
Barclay Bell, Deputy President of Ulster Farmers' Union with Mark Troughton and Hannah Rodgers of Armagh Apple Farm and William Thompson, Agri-Manager Bank of Ireland UK.
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Three real, working farms in the Portadown area are preparing to to open their gates, fields and farmyards on Saturday and Sunday as part of Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend.

The initiative saw almost 20,000 people attend a free farm event in Northern Ireland in 2014. Now in its fourth year, event organisers are looking forward to another ‘bumper crop’ of farm visitors for the completely free, not-for-profit project which was created by the Ulster Farmers’ Union.

Armagh Apple Farm, Portadown, McClelland’s Farm at Clare Glen, Tandragee and Acton House Farm, Poyntzpass are all taking part.

In total, 21 farms across Northern Ireland will open their gates for the weekend, hosting a variety of activities from guided tours, quizzes and games for children, to milking and sheep shearing demonstrations and delicious local food to sample.

The range of activities on offer at each event will vary by farm, as will opening times, so visit the website for full details of your nearest free farm event www.openfarmweekend.com.