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Over a thousand visitors welcomed during Open Farm Sunday

Do you know what goes where in our Balruddery farm? (c) James Hutton Institute
"Our open day was a tremendous success with lots of visitors who had a great time despite some intermittent rain showers"

The James Hutton Institute welcomed over a thousand visitors to its Dundee site during Open Farm Sunday, the celebration of farming and nature that gives everyone the opportunity to discover the story behind their food.

Managed by Linking Environment and Farming (LEAF), Open Farm Sunday has welcomed more than 1.8 million visitors since 2006. Exhibits on offer included farm machinery, meet the sheep, tractor tours and a very busy activity trail on the theme of sustainable farm management.

Professor Colin Campbell, the Institute’s Chief Executive, commented: “Our open day was a tremendous success with lots of visitors who had a great time despite some intermittent rain showers.

“The mix of indoor and outdoor exhibitions worked very well and the enthusiasm and friendliness of our staff was great credit to everyone. It was consistently busy from start to finish and colleagues worked very hard missing lunch and losing voices at times.

The attention to detail, creative and innovative ideas put together were inspiring and really appreciated by young and old alike. Huge thanks to everyone involved.”

The Institute’s preparations for Open Farm Sunday received significant media coverage, including a segment in popular BBC programme Landward (available on iPlayer [UK only], 11 minutes and 29 seconds into the episode) and a special feature in The Courier.

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Bernardo Rodriguez-Salcedo, Media Manager, Tel: +44 (0)1224 395089 (direct line), +44 (0)344 928 5428 (switchboard) or +44 (0)7791 193918 (mobile).


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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.