Belper visitors get hands on with some farmyard fun

Croots Farm Open Day.
Chloe and Tilly Gibbon try out their guessing skills on the weight of the lamb with farmer Steve Croot.
Croots Farm Open Day. Chloe and Tilly Gibbon try out their guessing skills on the weight of the lamb with farmer Steve Croot.

Wellies were wangled, tractors were ridden and even a lambing simulator all helped to make Croots’ first open farm day a success.

With the aim of helping more people understand the food chain and how farms work, Croots Farm opened its gates and 630 people came to the free event at the weekend at Wirksworth Road.

Croots Farm Open Day.
Two year old Stanley Washbourne finds a seat in the wheel of a farm tractor.

Croots Farm Open Day. Two year old Stanley Washbourne finds a seat in the wheel of a farm tractor.

Farmer Kay Croots said: “This was our first event and it was really well received.”

The farm shop is normally open to the public but the family wanted to show people where the produce comes from.

Kay said: “We wanted people to see farming as it is and understand the work that farmers do to get food to people’s tables.”

The idea came about after Kay went to a talk for the national open farm day in the spring and months of planning went into organising the family fun day.

Croots Farm Open Day.
Vet, Sid Parker, from Scarsdale Vetenary Group, gives a demonstration on lambing to Linda, Robin and Joanne Miller.

Croots Farm Open Day. Vet, Sid Parker, from Scarsdale Vetenary Group, gives a demonstration on lambing to Linda, Robin and Joanne Miller.

She said: “We had a farm walk which was really popular and a new tractor which the kids loved sitting in and taking pictures. There was also a band at lunch time which made a lovely atmosphere.”

As well as farming games such as welly wangling visitors also met the shire horses and Scarsdale Vets brought a lambing simulator where people could put their arm in and feel what is like to help birth a sheep.

Croots Farm Open Day.
Visitors are given a demonstration of sheep shearing during the open day.

Croots Farm Open Day. Visitors are given a demonstration of sheep shearing during the open day.