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Open Farm Sunday 2018: New Venue!

Public event
10 June 2018, 11am - 4 pm, Free
at the James Hutton Institute, Glensaugh Farm, Laurencekirk, Aberdeenshire AB30 1HB
for the general public and families
Children exploring our soil pit at Open Farm Sunday 2017

Come and spend a fun family day at Glensaugh Farm!

Open Farm Sunday Logo

The Institute will be taking part in Open Farm Sunday 2018 on 10 June.

This year we're heading North to the Grampian foothills where our Glensaugh Research Farm lies. Glensaugh is very different to our usual OFS venue at Mylnefield in Dundee with geological formations, agroforestry, sheep grazing, bracken and heather, managed woodlands, small lochs and red deer.

Glensaugh is a working farm but visitors are welcome any time. A self-guided trail leads visitors on a circular tour, pointing out areas of geographic, social, landscape and historical change. The trail takes about an hour to walk, following tracks and paths through the Slack Den (glacial meltwater channel), uphill to the Cleek Loch (interesting landscape of small lochs and hanging valleys), through recent native woodland planting, returning to the farm along the shore of Loch Saugh.

Activities and Demos

  • Learn about legumes and take a pea plant home with you!
  • Plant prints and earth printing - using nature as an art medium
  • Learn how we measure greenhouse gases and how farmers can help to reduce emissions
  • Field-based soil analysis - see soil in a way you never have before!
  • Guided and self-guided walks of the farm and surroundings
  • SEFARI - no wild animals here! Leading ideas for improving agriculture and the environment
  • What Lies Beneath? Learn abouit the special soils around Glensaugh
  • Visit the beautiful Glensaugh Lodge Garden
  • Tractor and trailer tour - the best part of any farm visit!
  • Climb aboard! This is your chance to get behind the wheel of your favourite farm machine!

and lots more!


Catering will be provided on-site by Laurencekirk-based caterer What the Fork. Bring a picnic blanket!


Unfortunately we can only allow assistance dogs on site during the event due to the close proximity of children, livestock and working farm machinery. We apologise for any disappointment this might cause but this is to ensure the safety of everyone.

Get involved before and during the event at
@JamesHuttonInst @OpenFarmSunday #OFS18



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The James Hutton Research Institute is the result of the merger in April 2011 of MLURI and SCRI. This merger formed a new powerhouse for research into food, land use, and climate change.