PICTURE GALLERY: Open Farm Sunday in the Chichester area

FARMERS from around the Observer area opened their doors to the public on Sunday, in a nod to Sussex’s agricultural roots.

The sun shone as farms in Sidlesham, Goodwood, Funtington, Colworth and Tangmere welcomed visitors as part of the nationwide celebration of farming.

Relaxing in the shade at Goodwood's Home Farm SUS-140906-115834001

Relaxing in the shade at Goodwood's Home Farm SUS-140906-115834001

The aim of the project is to enable everyone to discover first-hand what it means to be a farmer, after research emerged showing that many people are unsure what fruit and vegetables British farmers grow.

Each event is unique with its own activities based around the farm’s own individual story.

D.Hoare & Partners in Funtington featured guided tours of pigs, cattle, sheep and crops, sheep shearing demonstrations and nature trails.

The Hall Hunter Partnership in Colworth demonstrated the variety of growing systems used as well as providing samples of the different berries they grow.

Also participating in this event was Home Farm, at Goodwood, which had wool craft demonstrations, tractor trailer rides and a barbecue offering Goodwood lamb. Tangmere Airfield Nurseries also joined in the fun, sharing their passion for peppers with visiting members of the public.

Marsh Farm in Sidlesham, the home of Caroline’s Dairy ice-cream, also welcomed visitors, with plenty to see on the farm - and ice-cream on offer.