Farm open day supports Devon Freewheelers

For the third year in a row, Gatcombe Farm has opened its gates to raise cash for charity Devon Freewheelers.

The event, staged on Open Farm Sunday earlier this month, gave families from across East Devon the opportunity to experience life on a working farm.

Gatcombe Farm is run by the Reed family and located off the A3052, between Sidmouth and Seaton.

During the day, visitors were invited to view the farm’s crops, cattle, milking facilities, sheep, and pigs.

Tractor and trailer tours were given around the farm and one of the big attractions was the baby calves.

A vet demonstrated cow foot trimming and there was also a sheep shearing demonstration.

Food and refreshments were on offer, including farmhouse ice cream and offerings from Branscombe Brewery and Dalwood Vineyard.

Throughout the free event, visitors were welcome to make donations to Honiton-based Devon Freewheelers,

The charity supplies volunteers to support the NHS in delivering essential whole blood, blood and other medical samples. Its trained motorcyclists and drivers also deliver medication, patient notes, medical equipment, tissue samples and donor breast milk to hospitals, air ambulances and even patients’ homes throughout Devon.

The national organisers of Open Farm Sunday said this year’s event was a fantastic success. They plan to encourage farmers to do it all again on June 7 in 2020.

Please note: we have used a generic image of baby calves to illustrate this story.

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