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Open season; Celebrating best of British farming.

Byline: By ANDREW FORGRAVE Rural Affairs Editor

A RECORD number of farms in North Wales will throw open their gates this Sunday for a public celebration of the best in British agriculture.

Open Farm Sunday, an initiative established three years ago by LEAF (Linking Environment And Farming), has struggled to take off in Wales but this year promises to be different.

Six farms in North Wales will welcome the public to view. The participating farms are:

Hafod y Llan farm, near Beddgelert

The National Trust's largest farm is home to Welsh Mountain sheep and Welsh Black cattle.

Demonstrations include sheep shearing, wood milling and rug making. Watch sheepdogs in action or go on guided farm tours and wildlife walks. Includes refreshments and tastings of home-grown lamb.

Farm open 10am-4pm. Schedule: 10am: Wildlife walk; 10.30am: Shearing; 11am: Farm tour; 11.30am: Working dogs; 12pm: Farm trail; 1.30pm: Farm tour; 2pm: Shearing; 2.30pm: Farm trail; 3pm: Working dogs; 3.30pm: Wildlife walk. Free entry. The farm is two miles out of Beddgelert on the A498.

Contact Alison Ellis, 01766 510129.

Northop Organics, Northop

Working organic farm based at the Welsh College of Horticulture.

Visitors can inspect crops of fruit, shrubs and vegetables and get tips on growing organically. There's also dog-grooming. College open 12pm-4pm, including coffee shop.

Minibuses leave from the garden centre.

Contact Booking preferred but not essential. Robert Mackey, 01352 841015.

Common Piece Farm, Churchstoke, Powys Dairy farmers Michael and Vera Beddoes run 140 Meuse Rhine Issel cows and 10,000 laying hens.

There's a farm walk from 11amto 2pm when visitors can meet the cows which produce the milk for the farm's own Dairy Dreams ice cream. Includes a demonstration of ice cream making and free tastings.

On the A489, two miles out of Churchstoke towards Newtown. Contact 07977 047377 or dairydreams@dairydreams.co.uk.

Lleweni, Mold Road, Denbigh Euros and Catrin Evans have converted historic Lleweni Hall, bought rare breed animals and opened a farm shop and cafe.

Visitors can take a tractor and trailer ride to inspect its Dexter's cows, Tamworth pigs, free range chickens, ducks and sheep.

Homemade soups, sausages, ice cream and exotic cakes served all day. Public footpaths. Open 11am-4pm. Ample parking. Lleweni is on Mold Road just out of Denbigh.

Contact Catrin Evans, 01745 816210.

Midlist Farm, Halkyn, Holywell Family-run farm which hosts distinctive water buffalo on the lower slopes of Halkyn Mountain.

Farm is open 10am-3pm and activities include a nature trail, sheep shearing and spinning, leather crafts and sausage making. Also farm shop and BBQ. Follow the signs from Halkyn village.

Contact 01352 780394.

Rhual Dairy, Mold The 400- acre farm is owned by Normandy veteran Major Basil Heaton and run in a share farming agreement by the Booth family.

Visitors can watch cows being milked, see the calves and lambs, inspect the farm's machinery or go on farmwalks to wildlife-rich river meadows.

Farm open from 12pm-4pm. Refreshments available. Donations to the RNLI and Gwernaffield Church.

Rhual Dairy is on Gwernaffield Road just outside Mold.

Contact 01352 759190 or rhual. dairy@btopenworld.com.
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Date:May 29, 2008
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