March 2010

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(NOTE: This is an archived press release.)

On Sunday 21 March, Writtle College opened its doors to the public inviting everyone to enjoy the College farm ‘Lambing Open Day’. The day was a resounding success with up to 900 people visiting the College on the day.

The excellent weather conditions set the scene for a glorious day. College lambs were literally only days old and with a small farmers market, talks from College agricultural and animal experts, games and competitions, all members of the family were kept suitably entertained throughout.

A healthy donation of money raised from the small entrance fee, will be made to the RABI (Royal Agricultural Benevolent institution).

Head of the School of Sustainable Environments and event organiser, Caroline Flanagan said: “The day was suitably blessed with wonderful weather, and a large crowd were able to enjoy a marvellous family day out at the College farm. Not only did families visit the newborn lambs, indulge in pastimes such as ‘throw the welly’ and 'guess the weight of the bull', but they could also enjoy some shopping at the farmer's market.

All College staff manning the day gave excellent feedback too – the Lambing Open Day looks set to return in 2011.”

Pictured – Tabitha Whitaker, age 6 from Roxwell