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Open Farm Sunday and bike week
entertainment; Frank Zappa played one as a
musical instrument in 1963!
LEAF (Linking
Environment
This single invention has changed the
And Farming)
world in many ways. For example, bicycles
is a national
contributed significantly to the emancipation
charity that helps
of women in the late 19th century by giving
farmers improve
them unprecedented freedom to travel
the way they farm
unaccompanied. In turn, this led to the
by encouraging them
THE OUTDOORS
liberating ‘rational dress’ which released women
to take up Integrated
from the restricting corsets and long dresses of
Farming. LEAF also
the time and allowed them to wear bloomers,
helps to create a better public understanding
the forerunner of
of farming through our national network of
trousers.
Demonstration Farms, Innovation Centres
and initiatives like Open Farm Sunday. We
By the 20th
bring farmers and consumers together to raise
century, so many
awareness of how farmers are working in
people were
harmony with nature to produce good food with
using bicycles
environmental care.
that overcrowding
was reduced in
About Open Farm Sunday
cities by allowing
Open Farm Sunday is a fantastic opportunity
workers to
for everyone, young and old to enjoy the living,
commute from further afield.
vibrant countryside. Take time to listen to the
birds, soak up the scenery, experience the
With the current emphasis on ‘going green’ and
smells of the farmyard and really get in touch
reducing CO2 emissions, there has never been
with the land that feeds us. Discover at first
a better time to start cycling and to this effect,
hand what it means to be a farmer and taste
13th to 21st June is Bike Week. The purpose
the produce. So come and feed your senses on
of Bike Week is to get more people on bikes,
Open Farm Sunday.
more often. This year their slogan is “get more
out of life - live local, get cycling!” and the aim
Each event will be unique with its own activities
is to get family and friends having fun and
- based around the host farm’s own individual
exploring their local environment by bike.
story. Activities during the day may include a
farm walk, nature trail, tractor & trailer rides,
Phillip Darnton, Chairman of Cycling England,
pond dipping, activities for kids, mini farmers
said: “Many families are looking for easy ways
market or picnics.
to get more out of life, particularly during these
difficult financial times. Cycling brings families
Dean City Farm are taking part in this event
together and is a fantastic, free way to explore
(see page 19) or you can find other farms on
new places and rides and have a lot of fun. We
www.farmsunday.org
hope that people will use Bike Week as the
perfect opportunity to get back on their bikes
Since the invention of the ‘Safety Bicycle’
and re-connect with their communities.”
in 1885, this versatile vehicle has changed
people’s lives the world over. Although there
There’s lots going on locally visit
were other bike-like contraptions before this
www.bikeweek.org.uk or phone 0845 612 0661.
date, the ‘Safety Bicycle’ bears the strongest
If you’d like to take part but don’t have a bike,
resemblance to the cycle we know today.
this shouldn’t stop you – you can find your
nearest bike rental outlet on the website.
In many countries it’s the main form of
transportation. Over the years, bicycles have
been engaged in many uses from commuting
to mail delivery, racing and recreation and even
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