East Antrim farms to welcome visitors

Celebrating the launch of Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend are William Thompson, agri manager from event sponsor Bank of Ireland UK and Barclay Bell, deputy president of Ulster Farmers' Union. INLT 17-658-CON
Celebrating the launch of Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend are William Thompson, agri manager from event sponsor Bank of Ireland UK and Barclay Bell, deputy president of Ulster Farmers' Union. INLT 17-658-CON

Nine farms in County Antrim will open their gates to visitors later this spring.

These include four in East Antrim - Ballycoose Farm, Ballygally, Ballylagan Organic Farm, Straid; Glenarm Estate and Laurelview Farm, Ballyclare.

The event will take place during Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend on June 13 and 14.

The initiative was established in 2012 to promote the local agri-food sector to a non-farming audience and to educate the public on the realities of farming and food production.

Chair of Bank of Ireland Open Farm Weekend 2015, Barclay Bell, said: “We set out back in 2012 to give the non-farming public a small taster of the industry and to demonstrate not only its value to all of Northern Ireland but also the huge diversity which exists within the sector.

“This year, will see the greatest diversity ever in the type of farming we can demonstrate to the public which is excellent news for farm visitors and for the industry as a whole.”

William Thompson, agri-manager for Bank of Ireland UK, added: “Initiatives such as this play an important part in creating awareness of the importance of farming to everyone in Northern Ireland and increasing the value placed on local food production.”

Vist www.openfarmweekend.com. for more details.